Deep River officials are investigating what is described as a “hate message” that was posted on the town’s bulletin board.
A resident alerted the city to the message and it was immediately removed.
“Rest assured that when the person or persons responsible are apprehended, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” the city said in a statement.
City officials did not specify what the message said.
“I suggest that we start by acknowledging that this type of hate exists and although it offends most of us, it can and does produce very real fear in some of us, and we should think about it a bit. “, said the statement said.
State Representative Christine Palm (D-36th District) said the message contained two racial epithets.
“I strongly condemn the use of these disgusting epithets. This is hate speech, and I
help city officials and police take this very seriously,” Palm said.
“We have seen an increase in incidents like this across the country in recent years.
trend has only deepened the resolve of those of us who know that diversity strengthens
every community,” she continued.
Anyone with information is asked to call officials at 860-526-6027.
“Our municipal leaders will work with our schools, the Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, our churches, local legislators and neighboring communities to host conversations and programs focused on education, communication and healing.” , the statement said.