Montgomery County, Maryland, has seen at least eight instances of racist and other hate-related graffiti on school bathroom walls in the month since the general election, compared to six incidents in all of 2015. Among them was racist graffiti on a bathroom near where third-graders learn long division.
The most recent incident came Thursday afternoon at Woodlin Elementary School in Silver Spring, where the principal said in a letter that a “derogatory, racial statement” was found written on the wall in a bathroom near third-grade classrooms.
The surge isn’t confined to schools. According to the Washington Post:
The school vandalism is part of a broader increase in alleged hate crimes, which Montgomery police say have climbed nearly 23 percent across the community this year so far, compared with the same time frame last year.