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Minnesota Student Arrested For Drawing Swastika In Dorm

(JTA)– A University of Minnesota student was arrested for allegedly vandalizing a dormitory with anti-Semitic graffiti.

The student, 18, was arrested on Thursday. He allegedly drew a swastika on a desk in a public area of the residence hall in which he lives. University officials have called the incident a “bias crime,” the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported.

The student was identified as Matthew Gruber of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He was released from custody and has not yet been formally charged, the local CBS affiliate WCCO reported. He reportedly will be charged with criminal damage to property with bias.

The dormitory swastika incident, which was reported to police on Feb. 7, is one of at least seven cases of anti-Semitic graffiti or propaganda reported since December.

On Friday, a flier bearing two swastikas was taped to a pole on campus. The flier advertised the neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer.

The flier read: “White man are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneration … join us in the struggle for global white supremacy at the Daily Stormer.”

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