(KRON) – The San Ramon Police Department has begun investigating racially charged vandalism after California High School’s homecoming floats were graffitied with racial slurs.
Last Friday, prior to California High School’s homecoming, three out of four floats were vandalized with graffiti that included swastikas, racist words and phrases, and the n-word.
“It’s disappointing that someone, potentially a student or adult, whoever it was, tried to divide and tried to hurt us,” Principal Demetrius Ball commented to the student-run newspaper, The Californian.
“We’re Jewish and it’s very disturbing, and it’s something that consistently happens here and in our whole district,” said parent Charlotte Gracer.
Students, parent volunteers, and Cal High’s custodial team assisted in covering the vandalism to ensure the parade continued.
“Our students and parents came together and made it happen in such a short amount of time,” said Ball, “I would like to celebrate that perseverance, that Grizzly spirit, like, hey, [the parade] is something that we are passionate about and we’re not going to let this vandal take away our homecoming.”
The school has notified the San Ramon Police Department which is investigating. However, a department spokesperson said the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime, but as misdemeanor vandalism.
As of now, there are no leads on suspects, police said.
Additionally, San Ramon PD is investigating a racially charged flier that circulated around campus, targeting Cal High’s principal, and an assault on a special needs student that occurred on campus.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the SRPD at (925)-973-2779.