This article by Chris Mays originally appeared July 10 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
Graffiti on a memorial at the summit of Wantastiquet Mountain with hateful messages toward police, the country and a local business irked one local resident so much she climbed to the top to scrub it off.
“It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world and I refuse to let anyone destroy it,” said Rachael Morse, of Brattleboro. “Don’t mess with my mountain.”
The words “kill cops” were spray painted on top of the memorial dedicated to Walter H. Childs, who observed weather patterns on the mountain in the late 1800s. Another message read “ACAB,” which Morse said stands for “all cops are bastards.”
One of the first things Morse scrubbed out Saturday was an anarchy symbol sprayed over Childs’ name. Other graffiti contained the four-letter expletive starting with the letter “F” before the words “USA” and “the Bratt Food Co-op.”
Some local residents have questioned whether the same person is responsible for burning flags at the Kyle Gilbert Memorial Bridge near the Brattleboro Food Co-op downtown.
“We have no information connecting the vandalism done at the top of Wantastiquet mountain to the vandalism done in Brattleboro on July 4,” Brattleboro Police Capt. Mark Carignan said in an email. “However, BPD has been in communication with Hinsdale [Police Department] about that incident and we are sharing information.”
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