Racist, homophobic graffiti covers Williamsville playground

Posted at 11:03 AM, Aug 22, 2017

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The playground at Maple East Elementary School was covered in vulgar slurs and derogatory comments over the weekend. The graffiti was found on the playground, side of the school and a bench Sunday night, according to Amherst Police.

"Sit here if gay," was written on a playground seat. The N-word was written on the side of the building. The playground slide was also vandalized.

7 Eyewitness News first alerted Amherst Police to the vandalism Monday. The department is investigating the incident.

This is the second case of racist graffiti at an Amherst elementary school in the last week. Parents and community members held a rally Tuesday, August 15 after racist graffiti was found on the playground at Windermere Elementary.

Maple East Elementary is in the Williamsville Central School District and Windermere Elementary is in the Amherst Central School District.

Williamsville CSD says it will try and learn who spray painted the graphic words and images and "will prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law".

“We are fully committed to providing a safe, productive learning environment for our students.” said Dr. Scott Martzloff, Superintendent. “We will not stand for destructive acts of hate and intolerance on our school campuses or in our classrooms.”