ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A mother is furious after she says her 13-year-old daughter found a white supremacist message scribbled in graffiti on a pipe behind her home in the Forest Creek subdivision in Round Rock.
“[The message] definitely shook me to know that hate apparently lives this close to me,” Amy Ford, the mother, told us.
Ford says the pipe is outside of their family’s fenced-in backyard, but still on their property. She says when her family found the message — which says, “White Power. KKK. Trump 2016” — she called Williamson County deputies who initially told her there was nothing they could do.
“There was no police report, there was no follow up, there was no, here’s my card, let’s stay in touch, anything like that,” Ford said. “I thought no, this is hate in my neighborhood, this is hate in my community and there is no place for that here.”
A police report has now been filed by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department who apologized for not taking a report on Monday when Ford called police.
“I feel comforted knowing the fear this message incited in my family and our community is being addressed. Many thanks to Crossroads Utility and KXAN’s Leslie Rangel,” said Ford in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Ford tracked down the owners of the pipe, Crossroads Utility Services, who tell her they are disgusted with the whole incident. A spokesman for the company, Andrew Hunt, said they’re willing to paint over the lettering and also plan to press charges against the people responsible.
Ford says her family may be a non-traditional one, but is still a family. She says they want to spread a message of love despite the hate they found in their own backyard.
“I would like for you [the people responsible] to come and meet my family that may be different from yours and for you to learnt that we have more in common than we do differences,” Ford said. “When I am faced with hate, I’m going to respond in love. Our first lady says when they go low we go high and so I take that to heart.”
Ford’s 13-year-old daughter, Madison Rasmus-Ford, says at first she didn’t want anyone to know she had found the message, but has since changed her mind, telling us like her mother, she wants to spread love not hate.
“We’re all a working community together and when you do something like that, it’s going to stop us from working together because we’re all going to think low about ourselves and we’re going to think differently and that’s not something I want for anyone to feel, I want everyone to feel happy,” Rasmus-Ford said.
We tried multiple times to reach the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, but they have not returned our phone calls.