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Grundy Center vandals miss the message

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GRUNDY CENTER (KWWL) -

Grundy Center educators clean up a mess after a middle school mural is vandalized.

The graffiti read 'AMERICANS NO ReFugees.'

It was painted over the I Am Syria mural earlier in the week.

Organizers say the project was a way to bring awareness about people living under tyranny, and it wasn't a political message.

After speaking to educators, they said the vandal or vandals, likely didn't understand when they decided to paint over it.

The painted green hand is a symbol of life, slowly becoming the color of revolution.

But, middle school social studies teacher, Todd Zinkula said, the vandal must have thought the message was about something else, and they didn't research the  movement, dedicated to promoting the awareness of tyranny.

"You shouldn't stay silent at any time if you're ever being bullied, or if there is ever a dictator in the area. If one person is being threatened, then all of us are being threatened," Zinkula said.

Mr. Zinkula said students learned about dictators this past semester, and they felt the I Am Syria movement was a good way to keep tyranny out of America.

"The kids did a great job with it and really understood the message. It has nothing to do with refugees. It's not a political movement. It's just really about promoting democracy," Mr. Zinkula said.

Shortly after educators noticed the graffiti, custodians came outside and painted over it.

Right now, Mr. Zinkula tells me, he's not sure what the school is going to do.

"And, we're at the stage now of whether we'll unify to get back on there to promoting this message, but I'll have to visit with the administration to see if it's worth it, because we don't want to have any ill wills to anybody in the community," Zinkula said.

Even though Grundy Center had security cameras on campus, educators said it was too dark to record any video of the vandals earlier in the week.

Mr. Zinkula said he didn't call police, and he isn't seeking any sort of punishment.

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