EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) - On Saturday, Oct. 1, an Eagan High School senior was leaving the homecoming dance with her date when she found the letters K-K-K keyed into her car in the parking lot.
Alex Nothnagel and her father say they have waited patiently for six weeks for some sort of resolution or at least an alert to students and parents about the hate crime. Instead, they feel both police and staff have just turned a blind eye to the situation completely.
“I’m pretty sure because my date homecoming night was not white,” Nothnagel told Fox 9. “He’s a minority, so I’m pretty sure that’s why my car was targeted that night.”
Nothnagel said a friend pointed out the letters when they stopped at McDonald’s later that night. She believes the person behind the crime keyed her SUV while it was parked in the school’s lot. She reported the crime to the Eagan Police Department the next day.
“I don’t know why someone would think they’re so much better than someone else, to put something like that, do something like that,” Nothnagel said.
The school’s campus officer, Joe Marshall, was assigned to the case. Marshall tells Fox 9 there are no cameras in the school’s parking lot, so there is nothing he can do.
“The case is just, nobody really cares about it, it’s like oh whatever, that sucks,” Nothnagel said.
Marshall says the case was “closed out” on Thursday morning.
“I know my dad is pushing for cameras now in the parking lots because he’s like, that’s ridiculous,” Nothnagel said.
As for how much the crime will cost to clean up? Nothnagel says it could be thousands of dollars.
Fox 9 spoke with Eagan High School principal Dr. Polly Reikowski to request an on-camera interview on the alleged hate crime. She declined the on camera interview, but claims our phone call is the first she’s heard of it.