Hate Speech Written on Martin Luther King Bridge

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 07/07 2014 02:17PM

Updated 07/08 2014 10:46AM

Here in Fort Wayne, city workers are going to have to clean up hate speech written on the Martin Luther King bridge.

There are many racist remarks on the benches along the walkway.

Fort Wayne resident Terra Schmidt says she was extremely upset when she heard that people wrote hate words to purposely try and put others down.

"I was instantly upset and wanted to do something.  I initially kind of lashed out and one of my friends pointed out that I was kind of sinking to that level of hatred like the people that vandalized the bridge in the first place."

To cancel out that hate message, Terra and her mom tied 30 balloons along the bridge.

Terra tells WFFT she took advice from Martin Luther King himself and thought of one of his quotes for inspiration.

"How you can't conquer hate without hate, only with love.  So this was the first idea that popped into my head.  To take that area and lay something positive over it, so hopefully that helps."

The City of Fort Wayne released a statement asking residents to call 911 if they catch someone vandalizing city property.

You can also call 311 to report vandalism in the community.

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