Investigations continue into threatening letters left on doors in Swarthmore

Justin Udo
January 02, 2019 - 9:38 pm
A local act of hate which has garnered national attention, brings a community together as they find out about just what's going on with the investigation.

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SWARTHMORE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Delaware County community comes together to find out more about an investigation into notes filled with hate speech that were sent to residents and left neighbors outraged. 

The letters in question were sent out by high school students to homes in Swarthmore and contained suggested racial threats and praised President Donald Trump.

They were then put online and paired with pictures of two people wearing Ku Klux Klan garb.

"It really was a terrorist act when you look at the pictures of Klans men," said Chris Collins, who is from the area and has children in the district. 

The images and acts garnered so much attention that students at Strath Haven High School held a walk out, and local police and Wallingford-Swarthmore School district officials were forced to step in and investigate.

Collins came out to the informational meeting hosted by the district Wednesday night. 

"If this is a joke or not, it's not a laughing matter. We just want to make sure everybody's voice is heard, and they understand the severity of this," he said. 

During Wednesday's meeting, police, school district officials and the NAACP talked to an auditorium full of parents, students and concerned citizens about the investigation that's now being handled by the Delaware County District Attorney.

That's something Collins says is a step in the right direction.

"There's got to be some kind of intervention specifically designed for them, they need to investigate this thing thoroughly," he added. 

Officials say the pictures and the letters are being investigated as two separate acts.