Racist graffiti found on Bucks County school

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Racist graffiti found on Bucks County school. Jeff Chirico reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on August 24, 2017. (WPVI)

It's hateful, offensive and community members in Middletown Township say it's downright despicable.

Kim Warren of Langhorne said, "It concerned me a lot this is happening in our community."

Concern and outrage at a town hall meeting after someone spray painted racist words on Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Langhorne.

Part of the hateful message read, Non-Black school - the rest was so offensive we blurred it.

"It's sad, disgusting. Disappointing."

"This is something that is actually happening in my neighborhood. It's not that it was okay before, but now this is too close to home," Roy Clark of Langhorne said.

The incident worries Adrienne Collins, whose grandson will soon begin the fourth grade.

"He walks to school. When he walks to school, is he going to have protection," Collins said.

The meeting, hosted by the Peace Center in Bucks County, aimed to teach parents how to talk to their children about racism and hate.

Organizer Barbara Simmons says her group has seen an uptick in hateful incidents in the county since last November's election, and says parents need to be alert.

"The neo-Nazis and white supremacists feel emboldened at this point, and they're acting in that so they're going to be recruiting," Simmons said.

Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick said, "This is sickening. It makes me literally, physically nausea that in 2017 we're dealing with this stuff."

Congressman Fitzpatrick says since the events in Charlottesville, he's resolved to do legislatively to help root out hate.

He says President Trump's often divisive words don't help the cause.

"The tone has got to change. Look at incidents like Charlottesville. The message that has to be sent, is one of healing, one of unification, one of speaking out unequivocally, and apologetically of hate groups. This shouldn't be hard to do," Congressman Fitzpatrick said.

Police say they are following up on several good leads.
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Racist graffiti found on Bucks County school. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on August 24, 2017.

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