Teens who defaced black school ordered to learn about racism
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.