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Graffiti with hate messages found at Anthem high school

by Kirsten Joyce / 3TV

azfamily.com

Posted on December 2, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 5:57 AM

ANTHEM - Even after our nation chose an African American president, some still choose to spread a message of hate.

That message was discovered at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem on Tuesday in the form of graffiti and vandalism.

It has been very upsetting to the administrators, staff and students at Boulder Creek. Their community has been violated and the district is working with authorities to track down those responsible.

One senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, managed to snap some photos of the degrading hateful racial slurs and symbols that left her speechless as she stepped onto the campus. She did not want to see any more of it and called her mother to pick her up. 

Janice Gilbert, a mother, tells 3TV, "That's a shame it's still going on in society."

District administrators were notified of the vandalism first thing and they cordoned off certain walking areas and promptly began a five-hour-long removal process.

Principal Lauren Sheahan placed calls out to parents of the 2,500 student body and made the following school-wide announcement: "We want to know any information that would assist. We will move forward and prosecute to the full extent of the law."

Administrators are working with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reviewing surveillance footage and tips as they come in but that does little to erase the images and settle the fear for one student.

If you have any information, please contact the Silent Witness Safe Schools Hotline. The number to call is 623-376-3262.

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