Outrage after stillborn baby memorial is covered in sickening graffiti with ‘one less rat’ and ‘Covid hoax’
- Vile graffiti was found on a memorial in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland on Saturday
- Grieving father shares pain on Twitter and receives many statements of support
- Dunfermline police are hunting the suspects but have not made any arrests yet
Vicious vandals have named a stillborn baby grave with obscenities referring to conspiracy theories.
A memorial and headstones were plastered with thick white spray paint that read: ‘one less rat’ and ‘f *** yous’.
Another read: ‘Covid hoax’ about the stones commemorating the names of babies who died at birth.
The marble plaque reads: ‘For All Our Babies Briefly Known Forever Loved’.
A plaque that read, ‘Forever Loved’ had graffiti engraved over it, indicating an obscenity. Another has been sprayed with the words, ‘One less rat covid hoax’ in the Snowdrop Memorial Garden for stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Other gravestones in the cemetery were also painted with mean graffiti. One left with flowers for a ‘mother’ and ‘grandmother’ was smashed with the word ‘scum’.
The graffiti was discovered on Saturday, May 1 at Snowdrop Memorial Garden for stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
Photos of the harrowing vandalism were shared on social media, sparking a lot of outrage and horror.
A grieving parent posted a photo to Twitter in a heartbreaking post and received thousands of responses of anger and shared grief.
The father wrote: ‘I’ve been sitting in pieces all day to process this and I just can’t understand why.
Other gravestones in the cemetery were also painted with mean graffiti. One left with flowers for a ‘mother’ and ‘grandmother’ was trashed with the word ‘scum’
‘This is my baby boys’ memorial and it was destroyed last night. I am never short of words, but really have a hard time understanding this. ‘
Other horrified users have commented on things like, ‘OMG, I’m so sorry for you and your family.
I also sob because I wonder if there are any decent people in this awful world. One that I don’t really want to be in anymore. ‘
Another wrote: ‘You cannot understand it, and you would not want to, because it is unforgivable. That these people find joy in inflicting pain on those who are already in pain is beyond any sensible person. It may not help now, but you are not alone, many mourn with you. ‘
A grieving father took to Twitter in a heartbreaking post that received thousands of responses from horrified users
Another said, ‘Absolutely awful, I’m so sorry. Looks like it says ‘covid hoax’ too? People are really destroyed by conspiracy theories. ‘
Others responded with condolences such as, ‘No decent person could understand this, so please don’t upset yourself further by trying to get your head around it.
Just know that the vast majority of people share your disgust, and it’s good to see how quickly people gathered to clean it up. ‘
The photos were also shared on Facebook, where a mother there wrote: ‘As the mother of two babies is buried locally, I appreciate how important their resting place is, so my heart goes out to the parents of the babies whose memorial this is. Absolutely heartbreaking. ‘
Social media users shared condolences for a grieving parent on the disturbing news
Others expressed their shared grief on Twitter when a grieving father shared his pain after gravestones were smashed over the weekend
Many struggled to understand why someone would commit such an act and speculated that the perpetrators enjoy hurting others because of their own suffering
The police are now hunting those responsible, but have not made any arrests yet.
A Dunfermline Police spokesman said: ‘At around 10:05 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, the police were contacted regarding a vandalism at a baby memorial at Dunfermline Cemetery, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline.
“Officers are present and the graffiti has been removed.
‘Research, which is still at a very early stage, will be continued.’
The graffiti has since been cleaned up, which residents in the city called on social media as ‘good news’ for moving so quickly.