Town officials issued a statement condemning hate and vandalism as a police investigation continues following the discovery of a racial epithet scrawled with chalk behind the Doolittle Elementary School building last month.
According to a statement released Wednesday, the police investigation began on Aug. 20, when the epithet was discovered.
To date, no witnesses have come forward. The incident was not captured by video surveillance.
Details on the ongoing investigation were not available on Wednesday.
Officials acknowledged the lapse of time between the incident and the public statement, adding they had hoped to be able to provide more background information.
“Nevertheless, we felt the need to speak out. While we do not want to feed into a possible perverse desire for attention, we feel it is critically important that our community take a stand against hate in all forms wherever and whenever it is encountered,” the statement read. “Hate has no place in our community, period. Whether it is a disgusting act of vandalism, social media post, or in the unacceptable ways in which some people treat others, we must actively address these words and behaviors. Our community as a whole works to create a welcoming place for all people, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Wednesday’s statement was cosigned by Town Manager Sean Kimball, Police Chief Neil Dryfe, School Superintendent Jeffrey Solan, Town Council Chairman Rob Oris Jr., Board of Education Chairman Anthony Perugini and town Human Services Director Michelle Piccerillo.
“...Every single one of us has a role to play in the effort to create a welcoming community. We hope that you will join us in standing up to racism and hate of all forms. Through this effort, we will become the community that we aspire to be,” it read.