Officials say the FBI and West Warwick police are investigating a vandalism incident at the Islamic School of Rhode Island as an apparent hate crime. Racial slurs, profanities, and anti-Islamic phrases were spray-painted on entrance of the school over the weekend.

The vandalism occurred Saturday night, according to video surveillance footage.  The incident comes just days after the shooting of 3 Muslim students in North Carolina. The Islamic school, located in West Warwick, serves about 160 children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Vandalism Could Become a Felony in Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2013

Legislation that would create harsher punishments for vandalism in Rhode Island has recently been introduced in the state house.

Sen. Frank Lombardi has seen enough of the costly vandalism that he says, has seen an increase in the past few years. 

For example, the destruction at a Newport cemetery 2 years ago would have cost $125,000 in cleanup and repairs, had it not been for a group of volunteers.