- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - An Islamic school in Warwick has been defaced with spray-painted anti-Muslim messages.

Officials at the Islamic School of Rhode Island say racial slurs were spray-painted Saturday night over the entrance. The school is for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Orange paint covered the school’s doors with the words, “Now this is a hate crime,” ”pigs” and expletives referencing Muhammad.

Hilmy Bakri, president of the school’s board of trustees, said the school has never been the subject of vandalism or any serious threats before. It opened in 2003.

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