Hateful graffiti discovered at the Academy of San Dieguito

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) – School officials are working to identify the person responsible for spreading hateful graffiti messages at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas over New Years weekend.

This is the third incident for the San Dieguito Union High School District in the past three months and the second for the school itself during this period.

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl James-Ward said on Monday that the incident happened on Saturday morning just before 4 a.m.

It has since been repainted.

Dr Ward said all of the acts were caught on security cameras, so they are working to identify the teenager with the sheriff’s department. She said they suspected it was a student, but the person has not yet been identified.

Ward, along with San Diego County District and County School Board leaders, said they completely condemn his actions. She acknowledged that SDUHSD has a variety of issues like all districts, and they see more worrying incidents as students return to school.

Ward spoke about the accumulated trauma and mental health issues during the pandemic.

The district is carrying out its own investigation and is working with the police. According to district guidelines, if the responsible person is a student, a hate incident means expulsion would be a required punishment.

Expulsion would turn the student over to the county school board, which would also be able to provide more extensive mental health resources.

Dr Ward also described some of SDUHSD’s existing diversity, equity and inclusion practices as well as new initiatives that have been implemented since she took over as district head two months ago.

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