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Teen having nightmares after targeted by graphic graffiti

11:24 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Vulgar, sexual graffiti spray painted in the middle of a subdivision appears to target a Nassau County teen. Now a neighbor shocked by the graphic images says the bullying has to stop.

"My friend and I circled around the graffiti and read it ad that's when I got really disturbed," said Sharon Randa, a concerned neighbor.

The graffiti includes images of male body parts and other offensive messages with portions of it decorated with arrows pointing towards a nearby house and that appears to single out a Fernandina Beach Middle School student. First Coast News has been told is a 12-year-old girl.

Sharon Randa, who lives near the graffiti, started walking the area in hopes of finding the targeted girl and her family.

"We found her, she's a sweet, sweet little girl and her parents took her out of public school and are now home schooling her because she's having nightmares and thoughts of suicide," said Randa.

Randa said she first noticed the spray paint this past weekend and called the Nassau County Sheriff's Office to file a report.

Now three days later it's still there and while someone has tried to spray paint over the worst of it, there is a new image that reads "for sex" and has an arrow pointing forward.

"I want to send a message to the other kids who think that was just a prank that was funny. It's not funny, this is someone's life you're messing with," said Randa.

Randa said there is no amount of paint that can remove the anger she has after watching a neighbor fall victim to extreme bullying and contemplate taking her life.

As a parent to two home-schooled teenage boys, Randa has offered to help her neighbor as she and her daughter start a new life outside of public school and away from bullies.

The Nassau County Sheriff's Office said it is still looking into the graffiti but an investigation could lead to criminal mischief charges.

Nassau County road crews are scheduled to paint over the spray paint Thursday.

First Coast News

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