Burlington Police thought they were dealing with a local Nazi when they found a sort of swastika like symbols spray painted on the Pine Glen Elementary School and on a nearby stop sign Thursday.
But after some research, police concluded the 17-year-old they nabbed really was just a fan of a "hip hop collective" called Pro Era, whose logo just happens to look like the sort of swastika a teen might draw but is really supposed to be an intertwined "4" and "7" - the group's original logo, which was designed to look pretty much like a swastika - you know, to show off the good things it used to represent before the Nazis appropriated it and killed millions of people, but whatever.
Burlington Police report:
After questioning the suspect and conducting research, the department has determined that the graffiti was not a swastika but rather the logo of the hip-hop musical collective known as Pro Era, whose logo -- the numbers four and seven interwoven over a white circle and red background, has generated controversy for its resemblance to the Nazi flag.
Further analysis indicated that the juvenile has shared his affinity for Pro Era in the past in social media postings.
The logo first garnered attention when it was plastered around Edward R. Murrow High School, located in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn - two years after the collective's founder, who had been a student there, committed suicide.
Burlington Police say they are still considering whether to bring charges against the teen.