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Family with lesbian teen targeted in hate crime | VIDEO

SARVER, Pa. – A family with a lesbian teenager found a swastika burned into their front lawn overnight Monday, and police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Besides damaging the lawn, the vandals left a vulgar message on a Chevy pickup truck belonging to a family member. CBS Pittsburgh reported:

“They dumped paint on it, they flattened two tires, they super-glued coins to the hood of his vehicle – sending a message.

“The coins were arranged in a vulgar finger gesture. The work “think” was keyed into the finish, the antenna snapped, the driver’s seat broken and tobacco juice now coats the interior.”

The homeowner, John Namey, said he believes the message was targeting his lesbian daughter.

“I have a 16-year-old daughter who is openly gay, and is proud, and we are proud of her,” said Namey, who noted that she has been bullied at school and is afraid to ride the bus because she does not feel safe.

Namey said he taught his children to be respectful of others. “It doesn’t matter their color, sexual orientation, whatever, treat everybody the same,” he said.

Anyone with information about the crime are asked to contact the Buffalo Township police in Pennsylvania. Hate crime is a felony in the state.