FBI involved in Moody racial slurs case

MOODY, AL (WBRC) - The FBI has now become involved in the investigation of a racial incident in Moody.

Carla Bandergrift says her family discovered racial slurs written across the windows of one of their cars Saturday morning.  The FBI was alerted because the incident could be considered a hate crime.

Bandergrift said it's a problem that's been going on for a while, but this time it was taken to a new level. She said her son, a Moody High School lower classman, has had trouble with other boys calling him "oreo" and other racial slurs, even making threats toward him.

"Well, there's this little girl in the neighborhood who likes my son. And she's white. And the little white boys threaten him. They told him that if they got him by himself, they were going to beat him up," said Bandergrift.

Saturday afternoon, the Bandergrifts were able to wash away the hateful words from the car windows. They hope that setting a positive example of tolerance and peace will eventually wipe away the problem.

"It starts at home with the parents," explained Bandergrift. "I come from a mixed family. I have Japanese, white people, my brothers are married to different races. But to go through something like this, I didn't even know it existed for real. It's 2010."

The Bandergrifts filed an official report with the Moody Police Department. A sergeant told FOX6 News the department was pursuing suspects who could face criminal mischief charges.

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