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(NEW YORK POST) – A woman in Indiana was arrested after leaving a racist note on the door of her new neighbor’s home targeting their black son — with an ominous warning about the “all white neighborhood” they were moving into, police said.
Deborah Cantwell, 63, of Greentown, was arrested Thursday after a man told deputies in Howard County that he found the hateful note filled with racial slurs attached to the door of his new home. The family had not yet moved into the residence — which was also covered in toilet paper — but had been at the home just five hours prior to the incident on Oct. 13, the Kokomo Tribune reports.
“NO N—–S wanted in this neighborhood,” the letter read in part. “THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD – some people find N—–S stressful due to 33 years of NEGATIVE experience [sic] and it causes serious health issues.”
According to a GoFundMe campaign for the family, the boy is biracial, but his age is unclear.
Cantwell, who is now facing misdemeanor charges of intimidation and criminal mischief, admitted to deputies on Oct. 18 that she wrote the letter and covered the family’s yard with toilet paper out of anger.
“I mean, blacks get away with it every time,” Cantwell told authorities, according to the affidavit. “Just rage, I was trying to vent.”
Cantwell declined to apologize for the incident but said she intends to seek counseling.
“I was just trying to let them know that they weren’t really … welcome as far as us,” Cantwell continued. “I just needed to let off some steam … I’m not a violent person so I didn’t think it was any big deal.”
Cantwell’s note also referred to an incident that fueled her bigotry.
“Just the sight of the child reminds me of all the things I live in this town to forget,” the note read. “Takes me back to the n—–s that beat my sibling – bloody and bruised – and police saying they couldn’t do anything because they are black.”
The boy’s father told police he suspected Cantwell was behind the note because the seller of the home told him that she had opposed the family moving into the neighborhood.
The online fundraiser set up by the family to pay for legal fees, a fence and security system has surpassed $2,100, according to the website.
“I will forgive you one day, but for now you have instilled in all my heart, a fear I have never had before,” the boy’s mother wrote. “You have instilled fear in my family, you have instilled fear [in] my children. This fear I have is crippling.”