Racial graffiti at Orcutt school labeled a hate crime
May 3, 2011
Racial graffiti scrawled on walls at an elementary school in Orcutt makes for the second incident of a hate crime at the school and the fourth on the Central Coast during the past month and a half. [Noozhawk]
A janitor at Ralph Dunlap Elementary School found graffiti Monday morning on a roof near the school’s cafeteria.
A similar message was found last weekend in the same location, which can only be reached by climbing on to the school’s roof.
On April 1, three teens broke into their former school, Mesa Middle School in Arroyo Grande, and wrote anti-black and Jewish graffiti on the whiteboards and drew a swastika on an outside door. The two 15-year-old boys and one 14-year-old boy were arrested for the crime San Luis Obispo County deputies are saying is not related to an earlier cross burning also in Arroyo Grande.
On March 18, a 19-year-old African American woman found an 11-foot cross burning outside her window.
A multi-agency partnership that includes the FBI, the Department of Justice, Arroyo Grande Police and the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s department is investigating the burning of the cross as a hate crime. No arrests have yet been made though officials believe several people are involved.