2004-03-19 / Front Page

Teacher Charged In Racist Graffiti Case

By Brian Magoolaghan
Teacher Charged In Racist Graffiti Case By Brian Magoolaghan

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force busted a Rockaway special education teacher last week after they caught her writing racist graffiti in a restroom inside a Belle Harbor public school, authorities said.

Yolanda Moorjaney, a 31-year-old teacher at P.S. 256, located at 445 Beach 135 Street, was arrested as she exited a third-floor women’s bathroom last Friday morning. Police, who established that the stalls were clear of graffiti before Moorjaney went in, discovered the N-word written on one of the stalls immediately after she left, police said.

Upon searching Moorjaney, of 247 Street in Bellrose, police discovered she was carrying a black felt tipped marker.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown called Moorjaney’s actions, "hateful, offensive, and harmful to public order," as well as, "destructive."

The arrest marks the end of a two month long investigation into vandalism at the school. Police responded to P.S. 256 about six times since January 30, sometimes finding vulgar expressions, while other times finding hateful language scrawled on the walls, according to a law enforcement source.

Moorjaney is charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and could spend up to four years in prison if convicted. She has been reassigned to the Department of Education’s regional office pending the outcome of the case.

Yolanda Moorjaney (right) was arrested last week for allegedly writing racist graffiti in a bathroom at P.S. 256 in Rockaway.

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