Graffiti message targets school teacher

AMHERST, Mass.  (WWLP)– A message of hate has targeted one Hampshire County high school teacher.

On Thursday morning, a student reported seeing a graffiti message on the bathroom wall with an African American teacher’s name a racial slur, and now the school’s principal says this “hate crime” will not be tolerated.

In a detailed letter to parents, Principal Mark Jackson explained how he expects incidents like this to be handled.  Jackson wrote that any type of harassing or demoralizing symbols, language or gestures must be reported and are considered a violation of civil rights.  He also wrote that students are obligated to interrupt and report any of those behaviors.

Jackson also wrote that one of their priorities is for the school to rally around Carolyn Gardner, the math teacher who was targeted.

Amherst police are working with the school to figure out who wrote the graffiti message.

This is the third time this school year the same teacher has been targeted in this way.

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