Racist graffiti on Schaghticoke road sign shocks community

January 16, 2019 06:47 PM

SCHAGHTICOKE - Unless you were driving past it or walking very close to it, you might never have noticed the mean cruel, obscene graffiti that had been scrawled onto a stop sign along Route 67 in Schaghticoke.

"At first I was shocked," said the Hoosic Valley teacher who first noticed the vandalism, "Does that say what I think it says?"

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The teacher -- who asked to have his identity withheld, said he first noticed the "N" word adjacent to the school parking lot when he ran next door for coffee.

"To write it onto a sign that kids are walking past on a daily basis, that's disgusting to me," he said.

Just moments after the teacher shared those sentiments with NewsChannel 13, we contacted Superintendent Michael Apostle. It was just a matter of minutes before he and the school resource officer were outside to inspect the atrocity.

"I think most people want 100 percent, they don't want any incidents like this," Apostle stated, "I think most people around here would not condone this at all."

Apostle says if one of his students is responsible, there will be consequences.

"I think this community would be surprised (to see something like this happening here)," Apostle added, "Their reaction would be, "Oh, no, not here."

Shortly after NewsChannel 13 spoke with the superintendent, he notified the town, and within an hour, DPW was at the scene replacing the roadside obscenity.

"I've lived here my whole life," the discovering teacher stated. "I've never seen that written so publicly somewhere."


Dan Levy

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