Hate graffiti rocks region
Vandals spay-painted swastikas and other racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic graffiti at a high school and park in Taunton and two residential neighborhoods in Norton Wednesday night or yesterday morning.
In Norton, several residents of the affluent Rosewood Estates development awoke early yesterday morning to discover offensive graffiti spray-painted on their homes. The graffiti, in red and black spray paint, included expletives and references to "Jews" and "Homos," as well as crude drawings of swastikas.
"It’s pretty disturbing," said John McLaughlin of 1 Cartton Drive, pointing to the several expletives and the Star of David spray-painted on the side of his house and chimney.
McLaughlin, whose family is not Jewish, said he and his wife were having a hard time explaining to their two young sons the meaning of the hateful vandalism.
"It’s very difficult for us," he said.
Stephanie Veglas’ home at 12 Downing Drive was spared of graffiti, but her mailbox was knocked over and lamppost smashed.