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Racist graffiti removed from East Windsor barn

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EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

Racist graffiti that was discovered on the side of a barn in East Windsor has finally been covered up.

Last week, a barn on Clark Road was covered in racist words and hate symbols, plus words describing drug use.

People in town were furious because the words had been there for about a month, and nobody was doing anything to cover it up.

Luis Valentin said he used to drive by it three or four times a week and said he paused when his young sons took notice.

"When I was driving, the boys asked me. They actually saw it and asked me what it meant," he said.

He said he turned the hate into a teaching moment, sitting down with his sons to talk about the words and what they meant, and why they are not OK to say.

"I'm an artist," he said. "They know what expressing yourself means, but expressing yourself doesn't mean that you're going to offend somebody."

It was discovered that the barn was owned by the Mulnite Farms, which is a tobacco grower.

Officials at the farm said they received a call last week, and someone from the farm immediately went over to the barn and tried to cover it up.

"We told the police department that it wouldn't be able to be done on Friday, but that we would get it done this week," said an unidentified member of the farm's office.

Farm officials said they plan on repainting the whole barn this week, before Thanksgiving, and do not condone graffiti like this.

"We're aware of what's up on the barn, we've been told about it, know about it and we're going to take of it and handle it right away," said the woman, who explained tobacco shipments were slowed by Hurricane Sandy. "We just can't get to it right this minute, but it'll be done, this week it'll be done, before Thanksgiving holiday."

Since the complaints about the graffiti started, police said they have increased patrols in the area to make sure no one else paints on the barns.

First Selectwoman Denise Menard told Eyewitness News that hate filled messages such as this are unusual in East Windsor and she'll make sure this gets taken care of.

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