It seemed like a stunning incident: during the “Summer Rush,” at a school on the East Coast, a large mural in homage to Black Lives Matter was painted and mysteriously burned down. At least two journalists had reports on the event.
Who is behind the destruction? And why? CNN spoke with journalist Ebony Oluwatosin, who heard about the mural’s destruction from “at least five individuals” after covering the story for an unrelated story on the police reform group known as Blacks for Justice.
CNN has confirmed the destruction of the mural. It is posted on the grounds of the Brooklyn Technical High School at its basketball court in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Was the mural deliberately defaced? You bet: paint covered the graffiti, making it difficult to determine exactly what was painted on the mural.
But Ebony believes it happened after someone went to the High School’s windows and plastered a sticker over the image. Then somebody posted a note on Facebook and Twitter saying, “We burned the mural down.”
CNN spoke with the Department of Education, which said that due to privacy laws, they were not able to comment on what may have motivated the incident. The Department did, however, note that the message on Facebook and Twitter read, “We burned the mural down” and “We burned the mural down in the spirit of #BlackLivesMatter.”
The graffiti has since been removed from the gym.