Medford residents upset over hateful graffiti
MEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Tufts University police are stepping up patrols after images of hate were spray painted on the campus and other parts of Medford.
“I’m shocked, I wouldn’t have expected that here,” said one man.
Homeowners in south Medford awoke Sunday to swastikas painted on signs, walls, fences and near a popular playground where children were playing.
“Small children shouldn’t be exposed to that type of stuff and especially younger kids -- it’s really not an age to -- it’s a tough age to have to describe what that represents and why it’s a bad thing,” said one man.
The baseball field at Tufts University was also tagged. It has since been removed. DPW crews were out early Sunday helping take it all down.
“I’ve been here about 15 years and actually I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said a neighbor.
Neighbors have also taken it upon themselves to remove some of the hateful messages. One man said he put a trash bag over a sign marked with a swastika.
“It’s something I never would have expected here in Medford. It’s just such a great community, so it’s pretty surprising to hear that that’s something that’s going on,” said one man.
Police have not said if all the graffiti is connected.