This was painted on the wall of a Jewish school. The artist says there was no malicious intent
A Montreal street artist is in hot water over what he says is a big misunderstanding.
Earlier this week, Belz Community High School, a small Jewish private school in the Mile End district, alerted police that a 10-foot depiction of the Grim Reaper with the words "one scythe fits all" had appeared on one of school's walls between Sunday night and Monday morning.
The artist goes by the name Lost Claws, and he specializes in dark existential street art.
He says he wasn't aware the art was being painted on the wall of a school, let alone a Jewish school — and he told CJAD 800 he feels bad that he may have frightened someone with it.
"It just was not my intent to do that at all to anyone," he said, "and I hope they can forgive me for my ignorance."
Corey Fleischer, the well-known power washer-toting activist behind the Erasing Hate movement, removed the tag from the wall, but says he believes Lost Claws' claim that there was no malicious intent.
"Look...if that was on the next wall over, nobody would have said anything," Fleischer said.
Police are investigating this as a mischief case.
CJAD 800's Matt Gilmour contributed to this report.