On Saturday morning, June 20, the staff of Hunters Bend Elementary School was made aware of a racial slur that was written on the school’s marquee.
The Franklin Police Department was dispatched to investigate. The word, written in blue chalk, was quickly removed.
While the graffiti was easy to remove, it left a painful mark on school staffers and neighborhood residents. Franklin police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the suspect’s arrest, and Williamson County Schools is in close communication with police. The incident will not be taken lightly.
“I join our Hunters Bend school community in acknowledging the pain caused by this hurtful, appalling act of vandalism, and I want our families and employees to know that we will not tolerate hate speech or racist vandalism inside or outside our buildings,” WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said. “Our district leadership team and our school principals will work with local law enforcement and our court system to prosecute those who commit these illegal acts to the fullest extent of the law.”
Hunters Bend Principal Yolanda Blackburn said this was the second time a racial slur had been written on school property in the past 18 months.
“I am disappointed, saddened and hurt that intolerance and racism continue to exist in our community,” Blackburn said. “HBES is committed to providing a welcoming learning environment for all our students. We must remember students come first, and it’s all about providing a nurturing and safe community for our learners. As principal, I look forward to getting back to the business of educating our students this fall.”
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