Authorities are investigating after someone spray painted racist and homophobic slurs at San Dieguito Academy High School in Encinitas on New Years Day.
Just before 4 a.m., according to surveillance footage, a person wearing a beanie, hoodie and mask entered the campus and with a spray paint spray painted the insults outside a building, said Cheryl James, district superintendent of Union High School of San Dieguito. Room.
The vandal had not been identified on Sunday evening, but James-Ward said officials believed he was a youth based on their “move and move”.
She said the district reported the incident to the county sheriff’s department. The ministry did not immediately respond to questions on Sunday.
James-Ward said district workers painted the slurs before 1 p.m. Saturday, but not before someone took photos of the slurs.
Activist Tasha Williamson shared two photos of the insults on social media on Saturday night.
“San Diego County hasn’t changed! Our children are going back to school in Encinitas, where there is racist and LGBTQ trauma, ”she wrote. on Twitter. “We continue to be subjected to LGBTQ racism and hatred generation after generation.”
James-Ward said the district is working to eradicate racism and cultivate an inclusive environment.
She highlighted several district initiatives, including ethnic student clubs and diversity and equity officers within the associated student body of schools, as well as training on diversity, equity and equality. inclusion for employees and a new district position that will investigate complaints about racism.
District faced incidence of anti-Semitism last month at another school where swastikas were found painted in the boys’ toilets at Torrey Pines High School.
“We know there is a problem, but we are working to fix it,” James-Ward said on Sunday. “We know we won’t change overnight, but we are on the road and will continue on this road.”