Withrow Defaced With Hate Graffiti

Exerpted from: Hannah Sparling , hsparling@enquirer.com Published 4:10 p.m. ET Jan. 22, 2017

Swastikas, racial slurs and the word “Trump” were spray painted around Withrow’s campus this weekend. The graffiti was painted on sidewalks, signs, benches and high up on the school itself. 

“It’s expected,” said Alvin Harris, standing over lines of racist, homophobic graffiti spray-painted on the sidewalk at Withrow University High School. “F*** N****** and F******,” it said, in big, black, capital letters. Underneath that, there was a swastika. “I don’t expect anything less than what I see in front of me,” said Harris, standing with his son, who is a sophomore at Withrow. The two were exercising at the school on Sunday when they walked over to see the graffiti. “People don’t know what to do with their spare time.”

Sunday afternoon, the school’s campus was busy, with people playing on the football field, running on the track and wandering around looking at the graffiti. Hyde Park resident Steve Saunders was walking his dogs when he went home to get an old towel and a bottle of rubbing alcohol. He started scrubbing at a black swastika painted on a metal frame. “We don’t need this,” he said, as the swastika faded into a plus sign and then disappeared. “It has no place here.”

Priority No. 1 was to get the graffiti removed, said Dawn Grady, a Cincinnati Public Schools spokeswoman. That was completed Sunday before 5 p.m., she said.

Withrow parents and alumni including Billie Mays, Kelly Stokes Kofron, Chanda Monroe-Williams, Carol Mitchell Lawrence, Kareem Moncree Moffett, Phd, and Amber Twitty, rallied and organized two events on Monday to show support for Withrow and its students. Monday morning at 6:30 am, more than a hundred parents, alums, neighbors and other friends of Withrow gathered in front of the school demonstrating their support for Withrow and the arriving students.  Another event was held at 2:30 pm when students left school. For more details, click HERE.

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