TAKE A LOOK: Disturbing graffiti in kid park concerns parents
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Over the weekend, officials say vandals marked up a park in Richland with a disturbing symbol, causing concern among parents.
“I just feel very saddened and disappointed that someone would really ruin a park where kids play," said Lindy Troy, a concerned Richland mother.
Troy is appalled by what she saw at her neighborhood park
She always brings her kids to Wye Park.
Monday, she left early after seeing swastika signs painted on the slides and other equipment.
“At first I thought I would just come over and play but now that I see it, I kind of feel like man I’m going to choose a different park to go play at,” said Troy.
She said even though her kids don't know the meaning behind the symbol, it makes the park feel unsafe.
But once Action News brought Lindy's concerns with the city, officials immediately cleaned it up.
"We see it a lot in the parks. We see it on the playground for kids. Usually what you'll see there is somebody who's younger who's trying to create something that might be funny to put the swastikas on there-which obviously it's not," said Ofc. Richard Kane of the Richland Police Department.
Police tell Action News this is likely from kids spray painting a hurtful, hate filled message.
Officers said parents should talk to their kids and pay attention to what they're doing.
“A lot of times when kids are finally busted doing tagging, you go into the kid’s room and there will be notebooks and drawing board paper and everything where they're practicing their art," said Kane.
If you see graffiti, police said report it immediately and try to cover it up because leaving it there could send the wrong message.
"It's a signal to other taggers that it's okay to tag there and so then you'll start to see more," said Kane.
That's why Lindy will work to end the trend.
“I don't what know kind of message they're trying to send but it's not a good one to the kids and not a good one to the moms," said Troy.
Police said they'll usually see more graffiti now with weather warming up and more people out and about.
The cities say you can report graffiti you see by putting in request online through their websites, even during the weekend.