This article has been updated to reflect the newest information from Panama City Police.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Panama City Police investigated this incident and say they found a 14-year-old black male admitted to changing the sign letters.
Officers said the teenager’s parents were notified and all parties involved were able to resolve the incident.
No criminal charges were filed.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Late Saturday evening, what a bishop is calling an act of hate happened at a local church in Millville—- The Potters Temple, First Born Church of the Living God.
A bulletin board sign outside of the church originally read ‘let your faith be bigger than your fears’.
When church staff arrived in the morning to their place of worship, letters on the sign had been swapped to spell out a racial slur.
Bishop of the church, Walter Henry says racism here in Bay County has been around his whole life, and will only change with new generations learning to accept one another.
“We shouldn’t even have any hate here in Panama city as small as it is, it’s a shame that we have to go through this. And it’s a shame that somebody came out and changed the words and put his hate on the bulletin board,” said Henry.
The people vandalizing the sign returned later in the day Sunday to swap the letters on the sign once again, but this time were caught in the act and were turned into police.