Florida day care hit with arson and swastikasBy Mason White 1:43 PM February 26, 2013
|Bishop Ivory Wilson’s day care center attacked|
By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A Florida day care was struck by arsonists and vandals, who spray painted swastikas, among other damages, according to press reports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Vandals attacked the Fort Lauderdale day care center early Sunday morning, defacing the walls with three red swastikas, breaking windows and leaving parts of the building, which serves as a church on the weekends, charred and blackened.
“We have worked very hard for this facility to be up and running,” Bishop Ivory Wilson, who inspected the destruction Sunday, said. “The kids love us, the parents love us and we love you,” the Bishop added.
Wilson and his wife Sandra Wilson, director of the Child Care Center Little Leapers, said they believe the fire was intentional and that it was a hate crime.
In recent weeks, employees said they have also been on the receiving end of verbal threats.
“Three weeks before the fire, an unidentified person telephoned us and threatened us,” Joyce Bryant, a schoolteacher at the facility, said. “The caller told staff to pack up and leave,” Bryant said.
When the call came, the bishop and his wife contacted police. Police have not arrested any suspects.
When Wilson came to church on Sunday morning he found a bleak scene.
“It broke my heart, I could not help but cry and cry more. I could not stop crying,” Sandra Wilson, said.
“We have parents who do not know where to take their children tomorrow morning,” Wilson said.
The couple had been leading the community for over four years and are still puzzled as to why they had been attacked.
“We will not leave the area,” he said.