PALM COAST, Fla. – A palm coast playground was vandalized with graffiti of swastikas and other hate symbols. A mother is now working to get the community talking about the issue.
“I mean straight away I noticed the swastika because it stood out prominently,” Valentina Paralitici said.
Paralitici said she brings her children to Belle Terre park often. On Sunday, she said she arrived to find the park filled with swastikas, curse words and other vulgar messages spray-painted on the playground and gazebo.
“My kids asked me what it was and I thought about it for a second about how I was going to explain it to five-year-olds,” she said.
Paralitici reported it to the Flagler County Sheriff’s office and brought back cleaning supplies to take the symbols down herself.
Now, she wants the community to start talking and growing.
“At what point do you say it’s not enough to just go after the perpetrators and punish them,” she said.