BOSTON (CBS) – Community members held a rally of unity and support outside a South Boston elementary school Friday morning after racist graffiti was found earlier in the week.

The hateful graffiti was spray-painted at Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School.

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Vandalism discovered at Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School in South Boston (Courtesy Photo)

Boston Public Schools said the damage was found in several locations. Boston Police responded and the department’s Civil Rights Unit was informed.

On Friday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was among those on hand showing support for staff and students. Community members held signs in a peaceful display of unity outside the school.

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Elementary students from another school in town were on hands holding signs, including one that says “We care.”

“It’s appalling to me that in this day and age someone thinks it’s okay to be so openly racist and hateful at a school,” said South Boston resident Liz Oguilo.

Thaddeus Miles from My Brother’s Keeper helped organize the rally.

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“For me this is a healing moment it’s an opportunity to bring people together from a lot of different cultures and religions to come together and support our young people here today,” said Miles.