Teens who de­faced black school or­dered to learn about racism

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

ASHBURN, Va. — Five teens who spray-painted racist graf­fiti on a 19th cen­tury school­house that served black chil­dren dur­ing the seg­re­ga­tion era in north­ern Vir­ginia have been or­dered to learn les­sons about ra­cial and re­li­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion. The boys, all of whom are 16 or 17, must visit the U.S. Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Mu­seum and write re­ports on books writ­ten by black, Jewish and Afghan au­thors, news out­lets re­ported. Pros­e­cu­tors don’t think the van­dal­ism of the for­mer Ashburn Col­ored School last fall was racially mo­ti­vated. Three of the teens are mi­nori­ties. The graf­fiti in­cluded swastikas and ref­er­ences to “white power.” Of­fi­cials said one boy also marked the walls with “BROWN POWER.” None have been in trou­ble with the law be­fore.

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