CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded Monday to the latest round of racist, hateful graffiti sprayed in Calgary. This time, vandals targeted a junior high school in Queensland.
Police said Tuesday they are investigating the incident as a hate crime—citing specific references to burning mosques—but provided no further details.
A Global News viewer spotted the hateful messages on Wilma Hansen School Sunday afternoon.
One message calls for violence against Syrians and mosques and reads: “Syrians go home and die.”
Another targets the Prime Minister: “Kill the traitor Trudeau.”
Trudeau responded via Twitter Monday, writing, “Canadians have shown the best of our country in welcoming refugees. That spirit won’t be diminished by fear and hate.”
The walls were cleaned up before classes resumed on Tuesday.
A request to the prime minister’s staff as to whether his security detail had been contacted was directed to the RCMP.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published Feb. 14 but was updated Feb. 16 with new information from police.