Bucks County, Pa. (WTXF) - A Bucks County community is taking a stand against hate. Police are searching for a vandal who wrote an offensive word at a local elementary school.
"I had to put it into terms that he would understand." It's how Adrienne Collins explained to her grandson the hateful word someone wrote in graffiti on the marquee sign at his school--Herbert Hoover Elementary.
The horrifying discovery was made by parents Saturday morning.
"He doesn't see black or white. He just sees people, so I had to explain to him why we were here at this meeting."
A town hall meeting hosted by the grassroots activist group Peace Center brought together concerned residents with public officials to address the matter.
"In order to fix this we're going to have to show up and we're going to have to speak up."
The Middletown Township police chief shared what he could about the ongoing investigation and search for the vandal.
"We've gotten some good credible tips and information from the public that we're following up on and I think we're pretty encouraged by the leads."
Parents scrubbed off the racially charged, misspelled graffiti but it was enough to shock lifelong Bucks County residents. Signs denouncing hate have been posted by the school marquee in recent days.
At the town hall strangers worked together in small groups to prevent images of hate from ever resurfacing again.