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Racist graffiti found at football field leaves Hanover school leaders ‘disgusted’

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Deputies are investigating after racist graffiti was discovered Thursday on and around the football field at Patrick Henry School in Ashland, Va.

"We are disgusted by the vandalism that was discovered at Patrick Henry High School. Without question, Hanover County Public Schools does not tolerate racist, vulgar, profane, or obscene language or conduct," Hanover Schools spokesperson Chris Whitley said. "This is an isolated incident and does not represent our students, division, or community."

He added any student found to be responsible for the graffiti would face "appropriate disciplinary consequences."

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is "actively investigating" the crime.

"We take this matter, as we do all crimes, very seriously," Sgt. James Cooper with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office said. "Our investigators are working closely with the Hanover County Public Schools to bring those responsible to justice."

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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