The Southborough Police Department is investigating a hate crime at St. Anne’s Church. According to Chief Kenneth Paulhus, derogatory “graffiti” was “directed at persons of a certain sexual orientation, racial, religious and political groups”.
The message was discovered on the driveway at 8:30 am Tuesday morning. Responding to the complaint, police canvassed the area. St. Anne’s and other religious and government properties will receive extra patrols.
They are now asking anyone who has information or saw something suspicious to contact the station at (508) 485-2121. (Callers may choose to be anonymous.)
Thankfully, the message was in chalk, allowing church staff to wash away the words.
And yet, according to Southborough Wicked Local, Father Conrad Pecevich of the church was disappointed that the hateful words were washed away yesterday morning:
He said he planned to the leave the markings for the time being . . .
“I wanted people to see that hate crimes are right here at home. They aren’t necessarily in other towns and cities only. Prejudice is all around and we have to fight it.”
The SWL story provides more details on the hate message:
The graffiti proclaimed, “All lives matter except … ,” before listing a number of racial and sexual slurs.