Natick holds peace rally after messages of hate are found

NATICK, MASS. (WHDH) - The Natick community held a peace rally Wednesday evening after messages of hate targeting residents and teachers were found in the town.

Last week, a Natick resident received two letters in the mail with racial slurs in them. Police said the letters threatened to not bring black people into the neighborhood. This week, racist graffiti was found written on the wall of a student bathroom at Natick High School. The graffiti called for two teachers to be deported.

Kerstin Allen, who organized the rally, said she wanted to fight the hate in her town with a gathering of love.

“I said, oh no, this is not going down in Natick,” said Allen. “We have to do something about this right now.”

During the evening rush hour, around 100 people stood on street corners with homemade signs and flags to show their support. Drivers passing by honked their horns in support.

“Everyone has worth, everyone has dignity and everyone is welcome in Natick,” said mother Alison Engleman.

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