Racist graffiti found at school

April 9, 2008 3:35:27 PM PDT
A mural at a Philadelphia elementary school has been painted over after being defaced by racist graffiti. The vandalism at the Thomas Mifflin School in the city's East Falls neighborhood was discovered Wednesday morning. School district spokesman William Thompson says the faces of the black children on a mural depicting diversity were marked out. Also, swastikas and other racist markings were painted on the outside walls.

School district west region superintendent Shirl Gilbert says security guards saw the graffiti before most children showed up for school and covered it with paper. Gilbert says the mural was destroyed when workers painted it over later Wednesday.