Boy Bullied at School Wakes Up to Racist Graffiti on Home

Joe Holdenm, KYW-TV, February 21, 201

Joey Messina is soft-spoken.

A first honors student at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus, the 12-year-old loves baseball, but Joey can’t shake the troublemakers at school.

“They don’t like me, they never did,” he says.

Overnight, this seventh-grader’s schoolyard differences followed him home, spray-painted for all to see on his South Philadelphia home where he lives with his parents and two younger siblings.

The threatening racially-charged words cut deep.


Joey’s mom and dad say their son was targeted because of his race. The family is white.

They have police reports documenting a 6-on-1 school hallway attack that happened three weeks ago.

“And then they all started coming in and punching my back, I was covering my face,” the younger Messina said.

The Messinas accuse staff at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus of looking the other way.


Joey’s dad is at a loss in dealing with what has arrived at his doorstep.


The school added Joe Messina, the father, “is no longer allowed on campus because of a pattern of behavior.” They declined to provide further details.


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