Hate graffiti painted at Cleveland High School in Portland

The doors and windows of the school and the field, the track and the benches of the school stadium were spray painted. A swastika was painted on the school’s entrance doors.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hateful graffiti, including a swastika, was spray-painted on doors and windows at Cleveland High School and on the school’s stadium field, track and benches over the weekend -end, Portland Public Schools (PPS) confirmed to KGW on Monday. .

The vandals also spray-painted the names of people associated with the Southeast Portland school, Cleveland High School principal Jo Ann Wadkins said in a letter sent to parents. PPS said they contacted and informed these people that they were the subject of graffiti.

PPS said the graffiti on surfaces such as doors and benches had been painted over or covered up, but the district said it would take longer to cover up or remove the graffiti on the stadium grounds.

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The district also notified Portland police and district security.

“Hate is neither tolerated nor accepted in our community,” Wadkins said in the letter to parents. “This incident is an affront to our core values ​​of racial equity and social justice, respect, honesty and integrity. We value and respect everyone in our school community and understand that our diversity makes us stronger. Everyone is welcome at Cleveland High School and everyone belongs Every student deserves a positive educational experience where they feel safe, secure and with a sense of belonging.

Wadkins also spoke directly to Jewish students and families at the school.

“To our Jewish community in Cleveland, please know that our community is better because of your presence and that you deserve an educational experience free from harassment and hate speech,” Wadkins said in the letter.

The school said it has district support on Monday and the school counselor and social worker are available for students.

“I assure you that we are handling this incident with all available resources,” Wadkins said in the letter.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact school or district personnel or call the Portland Police Department’s non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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