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Maryland Elementary Students Find Racist Graffiti on Bathroom Wall

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    (Published Monday, Nov. 14, 2016)

    Some Montgomery County parents say they are outraged after days went by before they knew about racist graffiti in an elementary school bathroom.

    Students discovered the graffiti on a wall in a boy's bathroom at Sligo Creek Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Thursday, according to parents and school officials.

    Parents said they received a letter about the incident from Principal Diantha Swift Monday.

    "It's disturbing," said parent Sean Gowen. "We should have known about this a lot sooner."

    In the letter, Swift said a student reported the "racial slur" to a classroom teacher who "failed to report this information to the main office." A building service worker then saw the graffiti and removed it that evening.

    "It is shocking. The teacher should have reported it and the kids should learn better," said resident Sybile Bayiha.

    "We are very saddened by this incident. It is offensive. This type of behavior will not be tolerated. However, we want to use this as a teachable moment for our school community," Swift said in the letter to parents.