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Hate crime hoax? Massachusetts mother scrawls racist graffiti at her own home

Andrea Brazier and son Isaac Phillips
Andrea Brazier and her son, Isaac Phillips

Though Isaac Phillips, 13, is just a teen, he’s gained worldwide notoriety. The biracial Lunenburg, Mass., eighth grader plays on the Lunenburg High School football team, which is nicknamed the Blue Knights. His family was targeted this past November by taggers in a reported hate crime. Their home was spray painted with the N-word. The racial slur read: “Knights don’t need n—–s.”

His parents, Anthony Phillips and Andrea Brazier, claimed Isaac was the victim of a series of hazing incidents by his teammates. The allegations of bullying and the vandalism prompted school officials to cancel the remainder of the football season. The townspeople have reportedly labeled them “trouble makers.”

State and local officials have cleared the football team of any wrongdoing and have focused their investigation on Brazier. According to media reports, a search at Brazier’s home revealed cans of spray paint and live ammunition. In an affidavit, federal officials say Brazier admitted to committing the crime.

Federal investigators say Brazier, “made false statements misleading investigators” and  “is in possession of any and all instruments pertaining to the crime of defacing property” at her home.

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