Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Young girl (5) has sectarian slogan painted on face: Police investigating image showing child with anti-Catholic slur

The image of the young girl with the sectarian acronym KAT painted on her forehead
The image of the young girl with the sectarian acronym KAT painted on her forehead

Police have said they are investigating after a picture of young girl with a sectarian slogan painted on her forehead was posted to social media.

The image of the girl - who is believed to be just five years old and from Belfast - has KAT written in red, white and blue.

The phrase is a sectarian slur used against Catholics.

The girl's mother said her daughter was among several children who had the phrase painted on their faces at a party, the Irish News reported.

She told the paper she was not at the party, and dismissed concerns her children were being raised to hate Catholics.

"All I say is I have friends and family from both sides of the community," she told the Irish News.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police have received a report, enquiries will be carried out to establish if any offences have been committed."

Alliance MP Naomi Long said the image was "utterly depressing and shocking".

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