FORT MILL, SC — Parents are concerned after racist and anti-Semitic graffiti were discovered at schools in South Carolina.
The most recent incident happened last weekend at Forest Creek Middle School in York County. Channel 9 reported two other similar incidents last week, at Nation Ford High School and Fort Mill Middle School.
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“A number of parents were calling me really upset because they hadn’t heard anything at the district level,” said Natasha Witherspoon, Moms Against Racism.
Witherspoon said she and other parents were outraged when they heard about the incidents at three Fort Mill schools last week.
Headteachers told Channel 9 that someone put graffiti, which included racist words and a swastika, in a bathroom at Nation Ford High.
The same week, parents sent Channel 9 a letter from the headmaster of Fort Mill Middle School confirming that there had been anti-Semitic vandalism in a boy’s toilet.
Fort Mill officials confirmed that on Tuesday a swastika was found in a toilet stall in Forest Creek Middle last week.
“Graffiti involving swastikas in middle and high schools is a lot more common than we realize,” said Donna Tarney, education and outreach specialist at the Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center at the University. Queens University.
The Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center provides Holocaust and human rights education to local K-12 schools.
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Tarney said this type of graffiti is growing in local schools and should be taken seriously.
“Everyone says students are our future, so what’s at stake is the future,” Tarney said. “Do we like the status quo? Pretending it doesn’t exist and punishing when it does, or do we become a proactive community, where we dismantle the power that these symbols and words hold by talking about it with each other and listening to how we build solutions together? »
A Fort Mill Schools spokesperson said the district has diversity and character education programs in all schools.
The district is in the process of establishing a diversity committee to help guide this type of teaching in the future, according to the spokesperson.
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The district said someone confessed to the high school graffiti and officials are still investigating the other two incidents.
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