Vandals Make Apparent 'Political' Statement

The home of Meridian resident Barbara Eanes was vandalized, apparently because she expressed her political opinion.

"I just don't understand it, you know," said Eanes.

The 45th Street resident said a neighbor brought her attention to overnight vandalism to her house and yard.

Toilet tissue was strewn around the yard and paint and condiments were smeared on her house. Someone wrote "OBA/" on her house.

Eanes supported John McCain in the presidential race and had a McCain-Palin sign in her yard. She said she found the sign stuffed in her mailbox and her mail had been ripped and thrown on the grass. Eanes says she thinks the vandalism is politically motivated.

"I hope that it was not that reason. I hope it was not that reason at all," said Eanes. "I hope that it was just some silly game, but it's really upsetting that someone will pick you out just because you're someone opposite than they are."

Eanes was apparently not the only victim. Two McCain-Palin signs that were in her neighbor's yard were discovered in two mailboxes.

"They were all just bundled up and put in my mailboxes, telling us that we voted wrong, I guess," said Tera Fitzgerald. "Just disappointed, that I don't have the right to display my signs and how I believe in my heart."

Although there are not any definite suspects at this time, some in the area told Newscenter 11 that they think some students were involved.

Police say crimes of this nature could be considered malicious mischief and could result in 1 to 5 years in jail or up to a $10,000 fine.


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  • by Dave on Nov 8, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    No one said Obama had anything to do with this. Your message of 'stop the hate' should be addressed to the sorry people who did this. They are the ones practicing hate, not the rest of us who condemn their actions.
  • by HAVE A HEART Location: MISSISSIPPI on Nov 8, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    THESE PEOPLE PROPERTY WAS VANDALIZED AND IT IS WRONG BUT 'OBAMA HAD NOTHING 2 DO WITH IT HE IS WHO THE PEOPLE WANTED FOR PRESIDENT SO STOP THE HATE,IT BEEN LONG TIME COMING BUT I'M SO HAPPY 2 SEE IT.WE AS PEOPLE NEED LET THIS HATE WE HAVE BETWEEN US GO AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON UR SOUL BECAUSE THIS IS SO SAD.
  • by Hal on Nov 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    People have a right to express themselves lawfully. I don't hate anyone. But I will not be silenced by people who supported Obama or anyone else. He was elected president. That doesn't mean any group "can do anything it wants". The laws of our land still stand and still apply to all. The lady in this story and any other law abiding citizen is protected by the law and people who commit crimes have to answer to that law. If President-elect Obama does not support that, he has no business holding any kind of office. If Obama supporters want to honor him or his historic election, they should do that by respecting others and their property.
  • by W Location: FARWAY on Nov 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    look people,we need to quit the hate and let's all get along.the american people voted and we will do the best with it...all this talk of black and white should stop..I was raised color blind..because if you cut black are white they all bleed red blood and GOD will remember all of our actions when we meet him again and believe me we will meet him one day...SO LET'S LOVE NOT FIGHT....
  • by Hal on Nov 7, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    MD, your ignorance is showing. The word is spelled 'traitor'. But the point is you are an idiot. You are just like whites in the 50s and 60s who intimidated blacks to keep them from voting. That was wrong and what was done to this lady's property is wrong. It's proof that you become what you hate. In your case, you resented your rights or your people's rights being infringed, so now you think it's fine to infringe on someone else's liberties simply because you disagree with them. You yourself have probably never suffered because of your race. It was people who came before you who really suffered and were denied some of their core rights as Americans. But THIS is your response to a criminal act. You are a sad case.
  • by MD on Nov 7, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    she lucky they usully do much more to trayters the day of we shall overcome has arrived with us or against us we are overcoming
  • by Maurice L Location: Meridian on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    "Change" and "Yes We Can" This is the beginning. The people voted for change and now they will get it. "Yes We Can" will become we will do what ever we want to and noone can stop us. Bad and sad times are ahead. History has and will be made over the next couple of years. Our rights and country will disintergrate, and one man will lead the destruction. Barack H. Obama
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    Probably kids, but the direction they should be receiving is obviously missing.
  • by Lashar Location: stonewall on Nov 6, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    this is unreal but really not suprising considering what they wrote and who was targeted... now that "king obama" has been elected they think they have free run to do as they please.... this is uncalled for and shows that the ignorance of a few effect the lives of many
  • by D Location: Lauderdale on Nov 6, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    OMG - The race was not suppose to have anything to do with race, however, it seems that Obama's race (along with the non-Obama race) got him elected. I guess you can now say that descrimination is over - now what will they use as an excuse!
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