WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman from Indiana was arrested after leaving a racist note on the door of a new family that will move in the neighborhood.
- Deborah Cantwell warned her new neighbors that they were moving into an “all-white neighborhood,” targeting a black child.
- Cantwell was arrested Thursday after Howard County deputies received a complaint from a man who found the hateful note attached to the door of his new house.
A 63-year-old woman from Greentown, Indiana was arrested Thursday after she left a racist note on the door of her neighbors’ newly-purchased home.
Deborah Cantwell was arrested by the Howard County police and charged with misdemeanor counts of intimidation and criminal mischief for a crime that’s left the Greentown community rallying around a family left traumatized, the Kokomo Tribune reports.
Cantwell posted $800 of the $8,000 bond upon booking. On Friday, a protection order that states “stalking has occurred” prohibits her from contacting or getting near the family.
On Oct. 13, 1:13 am, the father of the family contacted the Howard County sheriff’s office, reporting that his new home was covered in toilet paper and a note was attached to the door.
The family had yet to move into the home but the man said he stopped at the house on his way to their rental home from work. That’s when he discovered the toilet paper and the note.
Parts of the letter said:
“No N—- wanted in this neighborhood-THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD-some people find N—–Stressful,” Cantwell wrote, with the racist insult written in capital letters.
“YOUR N—- KID IS NOT WELCOME,” the note continues.
The father informed the police on Oct. 15 that he suspected Cantwell was the one who wrote the letter. He was previously informed by the home’s seller that she was against the family moving into the neighborhood because of their black son.
Cantwell admitted to writing the racist note and toilet-papering the yard.
“I mean, the blacks get away with it every time,” Cantwell told an investigator in the affidavit. “Just rage, I was trying to vent,” she added.
She refused to apologize but told authorities she intends to seek counseling.
A GoFundMe page was created by the mother of the family to pay for legal fees, a fence and security system. It includes a lengthy narration of what happened and the details the moment the son was told about the incident.
“How do I tell my child that this was done? What words do I say to let him know it is not ok and this doesn’t represent this town, where everyone that meets him likes him?” the mother wrote.
“I had to look him in his eyes to talk to him about something I will never understand first, but I saw firsthand the devastation on his face. I watched my child be crushed by someone else hatred and racism.”
Source: Kokomo Tribune