ALLIANCE, Ohio (WOIO) - An Alliance City School District staff member and their family woke up Tuesday morning to the unwelcome sight of racist graffiti on their front porch.
Pictures show a racist slur and a graphic drawing spray painted on the employee’s front porch in red.
A yard sign celebrating a student of the month achievement was also spray painted.
Alliance City Schools Principal, Portia Johnson, says she is heartbroken.
“I walked around saw the racial slur,” she said. “I burst out into tears.”
She tells 19 News a Smith Township Police Officer rang the doorbell and informed the family just after 6am.
“Just to know that people can be creeping around your house in the middle of the night, while you’re in there sleep with your family,” said Kevin Johnson.
The family has owned the home since 1960 and tell 19 News they’ve never been targeted this way.
Alliance Police Department and Smith Township Police are investigating the crime.
In, the meantime, the community is showing the Johnson family love.
Students and their parents posted signs of support across the street from the home.
“They came to counteract so that when my children came out of the door they would see the love that their community has for them to know that this person is an outlier, this is not somebody that represents the community,” said Principal Johnson.
For now, the family has chosen to leave the hateful message up through Inauguration Day.
“I mean it’s uncomfortable to look at, it’s uncomfortable for my kids to look at everyday but I want you to see it see it. You need to see it.”
Alliance City School District put out a statement, which said in part: “there is no room for racism and intolerance in the Alliance community or in our school district.”
You can see the district’s full statement below:
Kevin Johnson has started a GoFundMe to help raise reward money and help the family fight against racism. Click here if you’d like to support.