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
- Threatening graffiti was found on wall in the girls’ bathroom at Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania
- Police were notified about the message but refused to charge teenage suspect who is developmentally challenged
- Parents furious they were not informed by school superintendent defended their handling of the situation
A message scrawled on the walls of a Pennsylvania high school claimed five white teachers would die if more black staff were not hired.
The graffiti was found in a girl’s bathroom at Upper Darby High School just outside of Philadelphia last month, alarming local parents who claim they were not informed.
‘Y’all better start hiring some more black teachers or 5 white ones will die,’ the message written on the wall of a girl’s bathroom read.
The suspected teenage culprit will not be charged because they are developmentally challenged and there is a lack of evidence, police said.
The graffiti which appeared in the Upper Darby High School girl’s bathroom last month read: ‘Y’all better start hiring some more black teachers or 5 white ones will die’
The Upper Darby School District serves nearly 12,000 students in Delaware County
Police were allegedly told about the graffiti by a parent of a student on February 28.
Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of Upper Darby Township police told the Daily Times 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 that it was written by a developmentally challenged student.
Bernhardt told the newspaper that it would not be charging the student responsible because they have a disability and because of a lack of evidence.
The incident caused upset among some parents who felt they should have been notified about the threatening message.
In a furious Facebook spreading a photo of the image, one woman criticized the school for its handling of the incident and expressed shock that it had been written.
‘With a community as diverse as Upper Darby, racism shouldn’t even exist. It’s taught at home,’ wrote Jessica Daphne.
‘We received an email earlier with no mention of this fancy art work. So I thought I’d fill you in on some more details,’ she added.
Dan McGarry of the Upper Darby School District (right) said police were notified the same day the incident happened
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 and publicly communicate every single social media or graffiti incident,’ he told the Daily Times.
‘We investigate them but we don’t put out a communication every single time, unless we know for sure what we have in front of us, and not enough information to vet it.
‘In this particular situation, there has been some writing on a bathroom wall.
‘We couldn’t identify anybody at the time. We did communicate and work with police and we’ve investigated that matter and investigated with police and done our part internally.’
McGarry said that if he felt the threat contained in the message was sincere the general public would have been independently notified by the school.
He sent a letter to parents last week commenting on the recent behavior of students at Upper Derby high School.
‘Over the past few 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 in the evening and over the weekend has to improve,’ he said.