Published May 03, 2016
Local faith leaders say the community won't be divided by a perpetrator who tagged the Islamic School of Rhode Island with offensive graffiti.
Mufti Ikram, the resident Imam in North Smithfield, says the person responsible "failed miserably" because the interfaith community is united.
Faith leaders and law enforcement officials gathered at the school Tuesday in a show of solidarity. Rabbi Sarah Mack says local Muslims have supported the Jewish community during trying times so she wanted to do the same.
The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the vandalism Saturday night.
School officials say the entrance was tagged with orange graffiti that read "Now this is a hate crime," ''pigs" and offensive references to Muhammad.
The school opened in 2004 and is the state's only full-time Islamic school.