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EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Police in a Minneapolis suburb say a juvenile will not face charges after acknowledging drawing a swastika and other offensive graffiti on a shed at an elementary school.

Edina police were called Saturday about the chalk graffiti. The officer photographed the graffiti and then washed it off.

Authorities reviewed security video and identified the juvenile as a person of interest. Police say the juvenile confessed, but because there was no permanent damage, there was no crime to charge the juvenile with and no arrest.

In an email to Edina School District families, Superintendent John Schultz wrote that "when an act of hatred occurs anywhere in Edina, it affects our entire community."

The Star Tribune reports Schultz says the district has turned to the Jewish Community Relations Council for guidance as they work through the issue.

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This version corrects that no one was arrested. Also corrects name of Jewish Community Relations Council.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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