Racist graffiti was found painted on the side of Harrison Park Elementary School on Sunday, Oct. 29.
A photo of the graffiti, which said the n-word, circulated among parents on social media. Police said a school employee powerwashed the graffiti away after a citizen reported it.
More than 25 percent of Harrison Park Elementary's 735 students are black. Grand Rapids Public Schools Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs John Helmholdt, issued this statement:
This hateful, discriminatory language has no place in our society. We are contacting the Grand Rapids Police Department and will be working with them to conduct a full investigation into this matter. If we find out who vandalized our property and advanced hateful, racist language that violates our laws, we will have them prosecuted to the fullest extent.
Grand Rapids Police said the incident appears to be isolated and that it's currently being investigated as a malicious destruction of property.
"Regardless of whether it's one time or 1,000 times, the Grand Rapids Police Department, and the citizens of Grand Rapids, will not tolerate this sort of behavior, nor will it be overlooked," said Public Information Officer Sgt. Cathy Williams.
GRPD is looking for video footage and any people with information regarding the act, Williams said.
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