Posted on March 15, 2022

Student of Color Reportedly Behind Racist Graffiti at a Rochester Girls’ School

James Anthony, The Post Millennial, March 13, 2022

A student of color is reportedly behind racist graffiti found Monday morning in a bathroom at a private Catholic all-girls school in Brighton, New York.

Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, a grade 6 through grade 12 school located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, announced Thursday that its investigation into the graffiti containing a racial slur has ended with a student coming forward and taking responsibility for writing the offensive message.

“This school is filled with a bunch of n*ggers. Get out or else!!” the graffiti said.

Mercy said it will not disclose the name of the student who confessed to vandalizing the school bathroom with the N-word graffiti because of its confidentiality practices, WHEC reported. However, the school said that “maximum disciplinary action” has been taken against the student.


Several students at the school shared the offending message to @Primetime585, which is the Twitter handle of Karen Iglesia, a local woman who chronicles Section V sports and has developed a close relationship with many high school athletes.


Rochester-area radio talk show host Bob Lonsberry tweeted that four sources, including “two in government,” said the culprit was an African-American student.

“NOT TRUE… she is HISPANIC… a Hispanic is NOT considered African American is no way!!!” Iglesia responded on Twitter in a quote tweet replying to Lonsberry.

Students had protested outside of the school Tuesday morning. Black Lives Matter and “End Racism” signs appeared at the student-led rally protesting in response to the racist message written in black Sharpie on a Mercy bathroom stall.