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'Hateful' graffiti brings cops to Milford schools

Connecticut Post
Updated 12:39 am, Friday, September 20, 2013
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MILFORD -- Police have increased their presence at Milford schools after graffiti containing "threatening" and "hateful" language was found on a school playground.

The Milford Police Department is investigating vandalism at John F. Kennedy Elementary School on West Avenue. Police said the vandalism occurred early Tuesday. The school serves more than 420 students in kindergarten through second grade.

School staff and some students discovered graffiti which had been written in marker on a playground slide outside the school. The graffiti included hateful and threatening language.

The threatening language referenced harming children, but was not specific to a person or school.

Officer Jeffrey Neilsen said the graffiti appeared the work of a juvenile that "looked Satanic in nature."

Investigators do not believe there is any direct threat associated with the incident.

"Very shocked to hear that someone would do that. I grew up in Milford all my life, and to hear that they're doing something like this at the playground, it's shocking. It's just not right," Elizabeth Speed told WTNH.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective William Haas of the Milford Police Special Investigations Unit at 203-783-4771, email whaas@ci.milford.ct.us or visit the website at www.milfordpd.org and report the information.