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Family leaves Floyd County park after racial slurs found on basketball court

GARRETT, Ky. (WYMT) - A basketball court is typically a place to have some summer fun, but racial tension left one Floyd County mother taking her kids elsewhere.

Racial slurs and obscene pictures were painted on the concrete court in Garrett. Layne Stewart does not believe the environment is suitable for family fun.

The Right Beaver Community Park in Garrett is a place both kids and families spend their free time, especially the basketball court for Stewart and her two sons.

Stewart says, "They play basketball year around, they play in leagues...so every day I have off, we spend it at the basketball court."

Visiting the park three to four times a week, until just a few days ago when racial slurs appeared on the court

"They are the ones that actually found it, they called me over and showed it to me," says Stewart.

Her sons ages six and eight are biracial.

"They can read so they know that somebody is calling them names, but they don't understand why because they aren't old enough to understand that," explains Stewart.

Now, the family drives to another park in the county.

Stewart says her boys loved playing at this park. She hopes it can get cleaned up and stay clean so they can start playing here again.

"Obviously we don't live in a perfect world and you can't change how people feel but that's not right for my kids. They are babies, they just want to play basketball. They have no control over how people feel or view them and a park should be for anybody ... I mean this is 2014."

Hoping her family can once again enjoy their community park, and those responsible will learn to respect others.


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