An 11-year-old schoolgirl scrawled a desperate message on a bathroom wall during a terrifying home invasion.
The girl was bundled into the bathroom of her family home in the Californian city of San Francisco on Friday (local time) while intruders ransacked the home, ABC7 reported.
She was engaging in remote learning at the time as many schools in the state remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
From the bathroom she issued a silent plea for help, writing three words on the wall in pencil in hopes others on the Zoom call would see the message.
"Help ... [her name]... robbers!!" she wrote.
The owner of the home, the girl's cousin, told ABC7 he returned home to find the house ransacked and his belongings strewn across the place. Pillow cases were used to carry stolen items from the house.
Images broadcast on local TV showed the damage done to a door of the home as the intruders smashed their way in.
Girl 'thought she was getting kidnapped'
While the little girl was terrified during the incident, fearing she might be kidnapped, she was physically unharmed despite being shoved into the bathroom.
The family, who wished to remain anonymous, are of Asian heritage.
The incident comes at a time when violence against Asian-Americans has been front and centre in the United States following a shooting at a series of massage parlours in Atlanta which killed six Asian women and two others, and a Senate hearing into racial violence towards people of Asian heritage, which has been on the rise in the wake of the pandemic.
On the same day as the robbery, US President Joe Biden denounced the scourge of violence against Asian-Americans, and urged people not to be complicit in racism and xenophobia.
"They've been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed, they've been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed," he said.
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