Antigonish District RCMP are investigating racist graffiti left on the exterior of East Antigonish Education Centre and Academy.
RCMP say officers were contacted Monday evening around 9 o’clock. Initial investigation has concluded the suspects painted the graffiti between 8 and 9 Monday night.
Police have also obtained video surveillance of the area. RCMP say the words painted on the school are both racially and culturally insensitive. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Antigonish RCMP.
Rice says the focus at the school Tuesday included working with the RCMP with their investigation and removing or covering up the graffiti. This morning (Wednesday) the School Board announced the school is closed.
Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey also issued a statement on the incident, condemning the vandalism. He also encouraged parents to take time to speak to their children about the impact bigotry and racism have on people who have been marginalized over generations. Delorey says racism will continue to exist unless we intentionally act to eliminate its causes. He says it requires all of us to put aside our differences, to acknowledge the existence of racism and its impacts and to work together to address and eliminate it.