Racist fliers appear on lawns after Parkway incident

Racist and anti-Semitic fliers were dropped Wednesday on lawns, driveways and doorsteps in west St. Louis County.

The fliers were produced by a group called National Alliance, a white supremacist group based in Hillsboro, W.Va.

Shelly Niemeyer found rolled-up fliers on her driveway and the driveways of neighbors in the River Bend subdivision of Chesterfield.

“I threw away the flier before my children could see it,” Niemeyer said Thursday. “I was disgusted. I do not believe the people in my neighborhood would be receptive to this.”

Fliers also were dropped at the Chesterfield house of Karen O’Brien, Parkway’s School Board president, and at Parkway North High School in unincorporated St. Louis County.

The fliers appeared after news stories about an incident in which a 10-year-old boy made racial slurs to an 8-year-old girl on a Parkway school bus. The boy was suspended one week from riding the bus, assigned a seat behind the bus driver after the suspension ended, assigned to counseling and ordered to write and hand-deliver an apology to the girl, which he did.

Seventy-five protesters marched in O’Brien’s neighborhood Tuesday to protest racism and to call the punishment of the boy inadequate.

Chesterfield police Sgt. Chris Connelly said sometimes news reports about racial incidents could encourage an action such as the distribution of such fliers. Connelly said nothing in Chesterfield law prohibited passing out information door to door, as long as the information is not threatening.

Nothing in county law prohibits dropping information door to door either, police said.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch, USA
Oct. 16, 2003
Carolyn Bower

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