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Someone dumped a dead cow in this woman’s yard after she hung rainbow flags from her porch

Photo credit: Tony Casey/Johnson City Press

A woman found herself the target of a suspected hate crime in the sleepy town of Johnson City, Tennessee, the Johnson City Press reports.

Gaelyn Porter says she awoke early Monday morning when she heard someone shouting outside her house.

“Throw it out!” the person yelled.

When she looked out the window, a white truck sped off down the street. Thinking nothing of it, she went back to bed.

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When she stepped outside later that morning, she discovered a rotting cow carcass had been dumped in front of her fence and nails scattered all around her car.

“I don’t know what motivation they would have for doing something like this,” she tells the Johnson City Press. “No one here has any enemies. Why would they be so hateful?”

However, Porter suspects it may have something to do with the rainbow flags she had hanging around her front porch. She has a total of ten colorful flags flying on her property.

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Porter filed a police report and an animal control officer came to dispose of the carcass.

According to Porter, the officer told her he had never seen anything like it in his nearly 15 years of working for animal control.

Porter’s neighbors quickly rallied around her in support. A neighborhood group has begun selling rainbow flags for $5 a pop and is encouraging people to hang them in their yards, with proceeds going to the Tennessee Human Rights Campaign.

As for Porter, she says she’s not going to let the bizarre incident intimate her.

“I refuse to let something like this make me live in fear,” she tells the Johnson City Press. “I’m not going to take my flags down. In fact, I’m going to put up more, and I hope everyone else does, too.”

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h/t: Johnson City Press

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  • Invader7

    Rainbow flags all over Johnson City, TN… P.S. johnson is slang for penis…..Just saying…

  • Curtispsf

    Wrap a rainbow flag around your “johnson” and STAND UP, all you Johnsons. The left should adopt Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land Is YOUR Land” as it’s protest mantra. The song was written in opposition to “God Bless America” which was first sung By Lady Gaga at the Superbowl halftime opening FOLLOWED immediately by “This Land Is Your Land”. Lady Gaga was seemingly paying homage to the patriotic hymn God Bless America but following it with “This Land Is Your Land” was a bit of protest slight of hand. Way to go, girlfriend.

  • ShowMeGuy

    You go GUURL. Anytime you piss off some hicksville hayseeds……you’re living large.

    • Heywood Jablowme

      You’re a Trump supporter who pretended for months you were a Jill Stein supporter, so you know all about “fake news.”

  • JessPH

    If that happens to me, not only will I hang more rainbow flags. I’ll paint my entire house with rainbow colors then erect a statues of Cher and Liza on my frontyard.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      JessPH Why, that’s so moooooving, simply bovine. Win some, lose udders. I’m milkin’ this one. Don’t use the verb erect, not in Johnson City, Tennessee.

  • Sluggo2007

    What’s the surprise here? It’s Tennessee, for God’s sake!

    • 1EqualityUSA

      Dolly Parton is from Tennessee and she’s pro-us.

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