Young offender arrested in connection with racist graffiti

GUYSBOROUGH: A young offender has been arrested and is facing a mischief charge after racist and profane graffiti was spray-painted on a bus shelter in Canso.

Guysborough District RCMP responded to a complaint at 7 a.m. on June 8 at a bus shelter on School Street in Canso. According to Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, a Swastika, a racial slur and profanity were spray-painted on the structure sometime during the night. The RCMP said the investigation is continuing.

Police later arrested a male youth who is facing a charge of mischief. The young offender is scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Youth Court in July.

This incident comes months after a similar incident at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy in Monastery when offensive graffiti was spray-painted at the school. Two years ago, a property in Monastery was spray-painted with racist slurs.

Guysborough Municipal Councillor Sheila Pelly said that after living with racism for the past 70 years, she hoped there would be an end to this kind of thinking.

“I must say it is very disturbing and we wonder why the world is so cruel,” Pelly stated. “All I can say there is more to come if these are the thoughts and actions of our youth or whoever today.

“I must say, it is very discouraging.”