HANSON — Whitman-Hanson Regional School District Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak and Hanson Police Chief Michael Miksch report that racist graffiti was found outside the Indian Head Elementary School this week.
During an open house event on Tuesday, Aug. 31, a parent noticed the graffiti on a light pole outside the school. The parent then reported it to a police officer on detail.
The Whitman-Hanson Regional School District and Hanson Police are actively investigating the situation.
“We take this situation very seriously and want the community to know that what was found at the school this week in no way reflects the values and principles of our schools or the community as a whole,” Szymaniak said. “We strive to make the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District an open and inclusive place for all, and if any student, parent or community member would like to discuss this or any other issue with us we encourage them to reach out to us immediately.”
Hanson Police Chief Michael Miksch described the graffiti as writing, “either done with a marker or a greasy finger” on pole on school grounds.
The department has reviewed the past 30 days of video surveillance footage from security cameras, saying it may have been done before that.
“This incident is uncommon in Hanson, and does not reflect this community,” Miksch said. “Whoever is responsible, will be held accountable for this. We urge anyone with information to contact the Hanson Police.”
Anyone with information on this incident may contact Hanson Police at 781-293-4625.