Police say cross was burned into grass outside local elementary school

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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police are investigating after a burn mark in the shape of a cross was found in the grassy hillside outside a Pittsburgh school.

The 4-foot by 8-foot, black mark was found Friday morning outside Pittsburgh Mifflin, a school that serves pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

Pittsburgh Public Schools released the following statement regarding the incident, “The district is disheartened to hear about an act of vandalism that took place on the grounds of Pittsburgh Mifflin Pre-K-8 near Mifflin Road and Interboro Avenue.

The incident was reported to city police around 12:15 a.m. Arson investigators were dispatched to the school and found that someone used gasoline to burn an image of a cross into the hillside. The incident is under investigation by city police.”

Officials said Pittsburgh Public Schools Plant Operations staff removed the burned section of the lawn and planted grass.

While talking with people in the neighborhood, Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic learned that this is not the first time this has happened.

Neighbors said about 15 years ago, it happened more frequently, especially the night before Halloween.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s 2013. Don’t they have something better to do than that?” said neighbor Jeff Arthers.

Police have not made any arrests and don’t have any suspects.