ATLANTA - Families on the eve of Rosh Hashanah made a shocking discovery, on the playground of an elementary school: plenty of swastikas and the name of "Hitler" scrawled all over the premises.
"I was just shocked... in this pretty diverse community," said Karen Callen, who brought her daughters to play at Mary Lin Elementary on Sunday and saw the graffiti.
Other children and families saw the messages throughout the afternoon, angering plenty in the community..
"On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which is a joyous time for Jews to celebrate the new year. Maybe [this is] just a reality check of the world we live in," Callen said. Callen and other Jewish families are concerned the timing is no coincidence.
The graffiti was cleaned up before children returned to school, Monday morning.
Atlanta Public Schools officials said district police are investigating the incident, and reviewing surveillance to find the culprits.
A letter sent home to parents informed them of the incident, and described the school as "No Place For Hate."
Callen said her children read the graffiti as well, and used the ordeal as a teaching experience.
"I really took it as a teachable moment, and thought it was an opportunity to tell them the realities of the world we live in, today," she said. "There are people who treat all people with kindness and respect, and other people, who for whatever reason, have hate in their hearts," she said.