Community rallies to fight hatred
After two incidents of racist graffiti in the neighborhood in and around Hoover Elementary School, the community joined together to show unity during a March Against Hatred on September 13, 2017. The march was sponsored by the Langhorne Peace Center, with support from Middletown Township, Neshaminy School District, the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and a new anti-hatred coalition, Bucks One that includes representatives from several area churches and organizations.
Racist graffiti was found on the sign outside of Hoover on Trenton Road on a Friday night. Parents of children involved with the youth sports league that plays on Hoover's fields took it upon themselves to remove as much of it as they could, and the Neshaminy Facilities crew finished the job early Saturday morning along with clean-up of additional graffiti on the building itself. In another incident, racist graffiti was scrawled on a car owned by an African American family at a nearby apartment complex.
The purpose of the march was to demonstrate that the Neshaminy community will not tolerate such incidents in any form. Approximately 200 people from throughout the district joined the march, which started and ended at the school after winding its way through the apartment complex next door. The marchers represented a wide cross-section of the community, including students and staff from the district, neighbors, community leaders and many others. The march follows a town hall meeting held earlier in the month, and will be followed by an additional meeting on September 28 at the Middletown Township Building at 7 pm to discuss ways to counter acts of hatred and build bridges across the community.
The Neshaminy elementary and middle schools also are holding a 'Hands Across the Hallways' event on September 15. Students from each school will gather in the halls in a show of unity and to reinforce the messages of tolerance, respect and community that are taught every day through the School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support programs in place at each school.