- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The principal of an Islamic school in West Warwick says officials are weighing increased security after anti-Muslim messages were spray-painted on the building over the weekend.

Officials at the Islamic School of Rhode Island say the vandalism happened Saturday night. The school has 160 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

The vandal or vandals used orange paint to scrawl on the school’s doors the words, “Now this is a hate crime,” ”pigs” and expletives referencing the Prophet Muhammad.

The FBI and West Warwick police are investigating.

Principal Abdelnasser Hussein says school and law enforcement officials are considering increased security measures.

Hilmy Bakri, president of the school’s board of trustees, says the school has never been the subject of vandalism or any serious threats before.

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