Racist graffiti, threats against school under RCMP investigation

MONASTERY: The RCMP is investigating after racist graffiti was spray-painted on a school bus and a school sign, then threats were made against the same school.

Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday night, graffiti was painted on a school bus and a sign near East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy.

“The graffiti was racially and culturally insensitive and included profanity and derogatory comments about both Indigenous people and the African Nova Scotian Community,” a press release from Antigonish District RCMP stated.

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Antigonish MLA and Minister of Health and Wellness, Randy Delorey issued a statement after news broke.

“I encourage those responsible to come forward and take responsibility for their actions and to learn the impact actions like this have on members of our minority communities, and indeed on all citizens,” Delorey stated.

“I believe the people of Antigonish share my desire and commitment to embrace the opportunity to do better; for those who came before and those who will come after us.”

Two days later, Antigonish District RCMP said it was shared on social media that individuals made verbal threats towards East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy.

As a result of the threats and after consultation with the RCMP, the Strait regional school board closed the school as police continue their investigation.

Antigonish District RCMP is asking anyone with information to call them at 902-447-2525, or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Those who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at: www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.