Ormond Beach playground vandalized on Martin Luther King Day

Offensive graffiti spray painted on playground for children

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - City workers in Ormond Beach had to clean offensive graffiti from a playground Tuesday morning.

Ormond resident John Drotar said he was playing basketball on Monday when he saw the graffiti on the Magic Forest Playground entryway. The letters K-K-K were spray painted on an archway at the playground's entrance, along with swastikas and even a cartoon representation of Adolf Hitler's face.

Police said they received a phone call yesterday morning regarding the vandalism, after a family walked into the playground and saw the markings on the entryway.

"There's no reason for that; there's no hatred around here. This is a nice neighborhood," said Nicole Garrow, a mother and Daytona Beach resident visiting the playground.

Garrow said she comes to this playground with her son because it is the best in the area, and she can't believe someone would do this on the day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I think it's a shame, this is the only nice park in town, you know. People don't need to be trying to ruin it," Garrow said.

Police said that there has been graffiti at this park previously, but nothing of this caliber.

"I'm thinking it was a bunch of kids, you know, trying to be tough, trying to look really cool in front of their friends or something. I think it's ridiculous," Drotar said.

According to Ormond Beach police officers, if the graffiti had been on someone's home the incident would be considered a hate crime. However, since it was done to a city park, the person responsible would be charged with criminal mischief.

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