MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional School District is investigating after racist remarks and racial epithets were found written on a bathroom wall inside the ORR Junior High School.

According to Superintendent Michael S. Nelson, school administrators were notified by a student on Monday, May 17, about the racist vandalism. He said an investigation was immediately launched by school officials, and that the district's School Resource Officer is assisting with the investigation.

The vandalism has been removed and the investigation remains ongoing.

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"This type of behavior is completely unacceptable and disgusting," Superintendent Michael S. Nelson said. "We want to foster an environment at all of our schools that is accepting and inclusive of all students. We are taking this issue extremely seriously and any students found to be involved in this incident will face appropriate actions within the district and with the police. With that said, I would also like to commend the student who found these hateful messages and reported it to an adult."

Nelson said the district's counseling staff is available to any students that wish to talk about the incident.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call either the ORR Junior High School Administrative Office at (508) 758-4928 or the Mattapoisett Police Department at (508) 758-4141.

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