Pastor becomes victim of racist vandalism outside Collierville H - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pastor becomes victim of racist vandalism outside Collierville High School

(Source: Facebook) (Source: Facebook)
The vandalism was posted to social media and shared thousands of times in 24 hours. (Source: WMC Action News 5) The vandalism was posted to social media and shared thousands of times in 24 hours. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) -

A Mid-South pastor discovered racist vandalism on his vehicle Sunday night.

Pastor Jason Mitchell said he was leaving Collierville High School when he found the graffiti on the back window of his Cadillac Escalade.

The silver spray paint dripped down the vehicle, with the offensive words covering much of the back windshield.

"I became the victim of one of the latest acts of blatant racism and domestic terrorism," Mitchell said.

Mitchell, a pastor at Perfecting Love Community Church, was alerted to the graffiti by a passerby as he was driving away after a basketball game.

"So when the gentleman notified me, I immediately stopped and took action. It's all about moving forward," Mitchell said.

Collierville High School said the vandalism happened between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. After reviewing surveillance footage, the high school said it was able to identify three persons of interest. 

"Collierville Schools is dedicated to providing a safe environment for all students, employees, and visitors and in no way condones the behavior of the individuals involved int his incident. Their actions do not reflect the values of either Collierville Schools or the greater Collierville community. Our officials will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in an effort to ensure that those responsible for this act are held fully accountable."

"The school principal immediately launched an investigation and, based on video surveillance, was able to identify three people of interest," Collierville Schools Superintendent John Aitken said.

The school shared its findings with Collierville Police Department. 

Mitchell said in light of the recent events in Virginia, he still didn't expect this from his community, but he's working to get justice so others can know there are repercussions to their actions.

"We do expect them to launch a full investigation and to, of course, bring to justice the vandals who performed this hate crime," Mitchell said.

Copyright 2017 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly