‘KKK banner’ found outside school building in Eden

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- A banner containing a racially offensive statement was found Wednesday morning outside the Rockingham County Schools administration building in Eden.

Deputies said an employee found the banner staked up on the property shortly after she arrived for work on Wednesday.

The banner was found near the entrance facing the roadway.The banner reads:

"We will get our monument back and no n***** loving city council will stop us. The real KKK does not play."

Deputies said the employee quickly removed the sign and contacted the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies believe the sign was placed on the property sometime between 12:45 and 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office will held a news conference at noon Wednesday to address the incident.

Reidsville Mayor James Festerman released the following statement in conjunction with the conference:

“I am sorry that a family matter caused me to miss the City Council meeting this afternoon.  In light of the unfortunate and hateful banner that was placed at the Rockingham County Schools’ Administration Building, I feel the need to assure our citizens that their Mayor and City Council will continue to work with the appropriate authorities to not only stop these hate crimes, but to also bring the perpetrators to justice if possible.  Furthermore, it is this City Council’s continuing, and unyielding position, that the Confederate Monument is the property of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and we support their right to put the statue in Greenview Cemetery.  While I support the constitutional right of those people that oppose our viewpoint to peacefully exercise their opinion on this subject, I would hope that they would see the damage their continuing opposition is doing to our community.”        

No other information was provided.

Anyone with information about who is responsible for placing the banner is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-323.