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Hate symbols spray painted on Redwood Acres school in Hanmer

Greater Sudbury Police now investigating, most of the graffiti had been removed before students arrived for class
Redwood Acres Public School.

Residents of the neighbourhood surrounding Redwood Acres Public School were dismayed over the weekend to find hate symbols and graffiti painted onto the school, as well as several cars and street signs in the area. 

Greater Sudbury Police said it will be investigating the situation as a “hate-bias” incident.

“It appears that the incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2,” said Kaitlyn Dunn, GSPS communications officer.

“Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact police and anyone in the area with video surveillance equipment is asked to review the footage for anything suspicious. If anything suspicious is captured in the footage, we would ask community members to contact police at 705-675-9171.”

Nicole Charette, communications and strategic planning for Rainbow District School Board, which runs Redwood Acres school, said the police were called immediately when the graffiti was discovered.

Facilities staff came together Sunday night, as well as a contractor on Monday morning, to ensure the graffiti would be removed before students arrived at the school. 

“We do not tolerate the willful destruction of school property or acts of vandalism in the community in any form,” said Charette. “We continue to co-operate with the police as they investigate the source of the graffiti, which included inappropriate and offensive images and symbols.”

Most of the graffiti was removed from the school before students arrived this morning, and Charette said parents and guardians received a letter from the school.

Jenny Lamothe

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Jenny Lamothe is a reporter with She covers the diverse communities of Sudbury, especially the vulnerable or marginalized.
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