The author of the petition, Eileen Huang, received serious backlash for her effort. Official criticism is rooted in the belief that the blue line is a symbol of police support and removal would be equate to a retraction of support. However, some of the responses Eileen received were personal and racial. On a public Instagram post about the blue line, several high school students commented taunting Eileen and other supporters about eating "bat-soup," a reference to Huang's Chinese-American identity. Physical threats telling other supporters to "F*** around and find out" how racist the town is were also made. Despite the backlash, Huang notes that the petition "gained 600 signatures in less than a day, which just goes to show how much support there is for removing these anti-Black symbols."