Pennsylvania high school student threatens to kill FIVE white teachers if more black staff aren’t hired in chilling graffiti message found in girls’ bathroom
- Menacing graffiti found on the wall of the girls’ bathroom at Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania
- Police were notified about the message but declined to charge the developmentally disabled teen suspect.
- Parents angry that they were not informed by the school superintendent defended his handling of the situation
A message scrawled on the walls of a Pennsylvania high school claimed that five white teachers would die if more black staff were not hired.
The graffiti was found in the girls’ bathroom at Upper Darby High School outside Philadelphia last month, alarming local parents who say they were uninformed.
“They better start hiring more black teachers or 5 whites will die,” read a message written on the wall of a girl’s bathroom.
The alleged teen culprit will not be charged because he is developmentally challenged and evidence is lacking, police said.
Graffiti that appeared in the girls’ bathroom at Upper Darby High School last month read: “You better start hiring more black teachers or 5 white ones will die.”
Upper Darby School District serves nearly 12,000 students in Delaware County
Supposedly, a parent of a student told the police about the graffiti on February 28.
Upper Darby Township Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt told the daily schedules His department then asked the school to verify that the note in the bathroom was legitimate.
He said police were told the message was real and was written by a developmentally challenged student.
Bernhardt told the newspaper that he would not charge the student responsible because he has a disability and lack of evidence.
The incident caused upset among some parents who felt they should have been notified about the threatening message.
In an angry Facebook post that spread a photo of the image, a woman criticized the school for its handling of the incident and expressed surprise that it had been written up.
‘With a community as diverse as Upper Darby, racism shouldn’t even exist. It is taught at home,” wrote Jessica Daphne.
‘We received an email earlier without mentioning this elegant work of art. So I thought I’d give you some more details,” she added.
Dan McGarry of the Upper Darby School District (right) said police were notified the same day the incident occurred.
Dan McGarry, superintendent of the Upper Darby School District, which serves nearly 12,000 students in Delaware County, defended the school’s handling of the incident.
“We don’t go and chase down and publicly report every incident of graffiti or social media,” he told the Daily Times.
“We investigate them, but we don’t issue a communication each time, unless we know for sure what we have in front of us and we don’t have enough information to examine it.
‘In this particular situation, there has been writing on a bathroom wall.
“We were unable to identify anyone at the time. We communicated and worked with the police and we have looked into that matter and investigated with the police and done our part internally.
McGarry said if he felt the threat contained in the message was sincere, the school would have independently notified the general public.
He sent a letter to parents last week commenting on recent student behavior at Upper Derby High School.
‘In recent months, the increase in physical altercations on the way to school or on the way home from school while walking or on our buses, conduct in our schools, and even conduct at night and on weekends week has to get better,’ he said.