Homophobic, racist graffiti at Smith School
NORTHAMPTON — Administrators at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School are investigating the source of racist and anti-gay graffiti found Monday on the school campus.
School Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson notified police at 3:22 p.m. Monday that a custodian had discovered a threatening message that morning containing a homophobic slur written in pencil on a men’s room wall, according to the police report.
A second message containing a racial slur was found carved in small letters on a wooden picnic table on the school grounds.
Both messages have been removed.
Reached at his office Tuesday, Peterson said he does not believe that vocational school students were responsible for the threatening graffiti.
“This is not indicative of the way students here act,” he said. “Those picnic tables are outside 24/7. I am not convinced it was my students who were involved.”
When asked about the message left inside the school in the bathroom, Peterson pointed out that the high school is open after hours to the community.
Peterson said he reported the incidents to police because of the threatening nature of the messages. He said there are no plans for assemblies or other communication about the graffiti with students while the school conducts an investigation.
Northampton Police Capt. Jody Kasper confirmed that vocational school administrators are the ones investigating the source of the messages.