Two Plymouth teens are facing a vandalism charge after they allegedly spray painted swastikas at the MBTA commuter rail station on Court Street in Plymouth.
The phrase “Nazi propaganda” was also painted on a sign near the platform.
Nineteen-year-old Alexander Dearn and a 15-year-old juvenile have been charged with defacing property.
Plymouth police Captain John Rogers said the incident doesn’t rise to a hate crime because the symbols weren’t directed to a particular person or group. However, the chairman of Plymouth’s No Place for Hate committee, Barry Meltzer, believes it was an attack against the entire community.
“That station is used as the entry way into our town, especially in the summer with all the new visitors and everything and the train’s coming in, then you know it’s directed at the town because otherwise it wouldn’t be done,” said Meltzer
The incident will be discussed when the No Place for Hate committee meets Thursday night at Plymouth Town Hall.