LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – A racist flyer is again circulating through the Lewiston community, this time through the mail.
Reports of flyers urging Lew-Port School District residents to “Keep Lew-Port White!” began coming Thursday evening.
The flyers claim to be from “The Voice of the Resistance” and endorse two school board candidates, as well as including Nazi imagery.
One of the school board members listed in the flyer, Betty VandenBosch-Warrick, said that the thought of connecting her or the other candidate listed, Sarah Waechter, to any hate group is deeply disturbing.
“I emphatically denounce any group that spreads hatred and bigotry in our community,” VandenBosch wrote in a Facebook post. “I have spoken out against racism, sexism and hate at every opportunity and will continue to do so.”
She added that she believed the Lew-Port community had moved “past the flyers dropped in the dark of night, the Vanguard “newspaper”, and the negative mailings.”
“We all know where this flyer originated. Sarah and I only have one common enemy,” VandenBosch wrote.
In March, dozens of people in Lewiston found baggies in their drivers filled with flyers that they said were clearly racist. On the bottom of the flyers were two hashtags, one that said “Aryan Renaissance Society”.
Chief Frank Previte of Lewiston Village Police said that the department was notified about the flyers Thursday.
They were sent out to people in the village through the mail. Police have no leads currently on who it could be, and said that there was no indication that they are being distributed by the same person as the flyers in March.
Lewiston Police are investigating the case, and said that the flyers do not appear threatening in nature. Police weren’t sure as of Thursday if charges could be brought on the individual or individuals distributing them.
The Lewiston-Porter Central School District responded to the flyers on Friday. Here is their statement:
“Recently our school district has been exposed to a vile and defamatory flyer that not only targets two of our board of education candidates, but our school district and the people it serves.
The flyer was brought to the attention of administration and the immediate response was one of disgust and condemnation. As a school district that stresses the importance of acceptance and tolerance and celebrates and embraces diversity, this material sickens us.
We have been in contact with our school attorney and the District Attorney and should we discover the author of this filth, we will seek damages to the fullest extent of the law. Lewiston-Porter School District will not tolerate racism in any way, shape or form.
While we wish that in this day and age that we would not have to address such a vile issue, it is clear that this ugliness is still prevalent not only in our community, but across the country. We are appreciative of the people who have reached out to us to share their thoughts and concerns. We want to assure you that this hatred will not be tolerated at our district. We will continue to foster a climate of respect, acceptance and inclusion for all and we will not stand for this. Be assured that as a district and a community, that we will accept this challenge and hopefully come out stronger in the end.”