UPDATE: KKK Recruitment Letters Cause Concern in Hurricane

By: Lauren Denney Email
By: Lauren Denney Email

HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Garbage. That's what Melissa Shepherd calls the letter from the Ku Klux Klan that was left in her driveway Monday night.

“I just kind of threw mine in the trash,” Shepherd said. “I didn't even fool with looking at it. “

Dozens of recruitment flyers were tossed in yards and driveways near Virginia Avenue in Hurricane, leaving neighbors worried about safety.

“I just think about my little boy mainly,” Shepherd said. “It scares me. It scares me for him.”

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards isn't just angry about the content of the letters, but how they were delivered.

“Those type of people, I guess, are just going to try to do it at night,” Edwards said. “Throw stuff out of their car, and I guess hope for the best. But what it did, it upset people in Hurricane.”

And it may surprise you to hear how he says they broke the law.

“They didn't hurt anybody or hurt anything, it didn't appear,” Edwards said. “So really the only crime that was committed here was littering.“

For Shepherd, it was the message of racism that was truly shocking.

“Now that I see it out there my eyes are opened that there are still people out there like that,” Shepherd said.

She says she wants to make sure her young son understands things like this aren't OK.

“I will have to find a way to talk to him about it, because it's never been a subject for me,” Shepherd said.

At the same time, neighbors and police are keeping an eye out for anyone trying to spread hate.

On Tuesday, WSAZ.com called the number listed at the bottom of those letters.

It went to a voicemail, asking for information about the caller, with a promise of a return phone call that would give details on how to join the Klan.

WSAZ.com left a message, asking to talk someone about the recruitment material passed out in Hurricane.

So far, there hasn't been a call back.


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