Here we go again: Racist note in school restroom, which led to campus protest, reportedly written by student of color

Another Hoax Hate Crime Discovered, You Won’t Believe Where

Here we go again… Another racist note was discovered in a school — this time in a bathroom in Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in upstate New York, a private, all-girls Catholic school for students in grades 6 through 12.

Of course, once again, a student of color reportedly wrote the racist note — which included the N-word. This is part of a pattern that has been emerging in recent years of hoax hate crimes… Find one graffiti-related hate crime in the recent past that wasn’t a hoax, it is almost impossible.

The graffiti — which read “This school is filled with a bunch of n*****s Get out or else!!” — was found in a school restroom, according to reporting by local news outlet WHEC-TV.

After finding it, students sent a message to Primetime585 — the social media handle of Karen Iglesia, who chronicles local sports and knows many high school athletes, the station said.

Iglesia shared an image of the graffiti on Twitter, writing: “My inbox was flooded today from @OLM_HS girls. This note was written in the bathroom, and they had issues on how the administration dealt w/ it. They (many athletes — all WHITE) begged me to post it because they were so upset at how trivial the school made it.”

WHEC reported that students staged a protest outside of the school over the incident.

Soon after the protest, the school announced that an investigation into the incident had ended with a student coming forward and taking responsibility for writing the racist note.

While the school said maximum disciplinary action had been taken against the student, they didn’t name the culprit. Unlike other schools that have faced similar situations, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women is apparently not saying anything about the student’s race.

The school sent the following statement to Rochester media:

“Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women has concluded our thorough investigation into the racist graffiti incident that was brought to our attention early Monday morning. The investigation was led by the Brighton Police Department with full cooperation of Mercy administration and faculty. During the investigative process, one of our students confessed to writing the graffiti in the girls bathroom. For legal reasons, and in accordance with Mercy’s confidentiality practices, the student will not be identified. Mercy has zero tolerance for this kind of behavior; appropriate and maximum disciplinary action has been taken.“Even though closure has come to this single incident, there is so much more work to do to understand what people are feeling and fearing. Our students and our community are distressed and hurt; Mercy will work to help heal the wounds caused by this incident, as well as help heal deep-rooted, related feelings this incident has brought to the surface. Consistent with the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, we are planning events and initiatives in the coming weeks to recognize and acknowledge the powerful emotions that are present within our community. We are a compassionate institution, built on a foundation of faith, hope, and love and made strong by the resilience of our students, families, faculty, staff, and everyone within the Circle of Mercy. The road ahead will not be easy, but our love for each other and our school will light the way.”

Brighton Police Chief David Catholdi told WHEC that “we have shared the results of our investigation with OLM. They have decided to handle the matter internally and not pursue criminal charges. Therefore, we will not further identify the person.”


Of course, that isn’t everything.

Bob Lonsberry — a radio talk-show host for stations in both Rochester and Syracuse — tweeted on March 11th that “four sources, including two in government, have confirmed that the N-word graffiti found in a Mercy High School bathroom wall, and which led to upset and a protest, was written by an African-American student.”

A number of users who commented on Lonsberry’s tweet were not surprised by the news.

One of them asked: “Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country so bereft of actual racism that it needs to be invented?”

However, Karen Iglesia also replied to Lonsberry’s tweet, saying that his information is inaccurate — but not in the way you might think.

“NOT TRUE… she is HISPANIC… ” Iglesia tweeted, adding that “a Hispanic is NOT considered African American.”

Source: The Blaze

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