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RCMP investigating racist notes found near Vernon schools

Alex Bennie posted photos of the notes she found to the Vernon Rant and Rave (uncensored) Facebook group, sparking outrage in the community.
Image Credit: Alex Bennie
October 01, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Police are investigating to find whoever is responsible for distributing hundreds of racist notes near Vernon schools yesterday — a day designated to represent Indigenous reconciliation.

Parents and school staff moved quickly to remove the notes yesterday, Sept. 30, which bore a link to a known white supremacy website.

Several of the leaflets were turned in to police and an investigation is underway to find the person or persons responsible for distributing the material. 

"We share the concerns of the community about the content of the material and specifically the manner in which it has been distributed," Const. Chris Terleski said in an RCMP release. "Regardless of the outcome, we want to draw attention to the overwhelming clear and direct response by our community in light of this event. There is no place for hatred of any form, for anyone, and it will not be tolerated."

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming released a statement today, condemning the incident as "a despicable act that has had far reaching impacts."

READ MORE: Vernon mayor 'disheartened, deeply sorry' racist notes found near schools

He encouraged parents to talk to their children about what it means to be anti-racist and an ally. 

"I encourage you to speak with your children and loved ones about these things so we can learn from our past, as well as from each other’s personal lived experiences," he said.

Anyone with information that may assist RCMP investigators is urged to call the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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