Swastika found scrawled on Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa

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Read this story in Spanish at La Prensa Sonoma.

Maria Carrillo High School officials early this week discovered a swastika and other graffiti scrawled on campus but removed the offensive markings before classes resumed for the year on Tuesday.

Vandals used paint stored in the school’s fieldhouse for the graffiti, which a teacher first spotted on Sunday, Santa Rosa school district spokeswoman Beth Berk said Wednesday. Assistant Principal Albert Ettedgui later discovered more graffiti on the 1,600-student campus.

Berk said vandals painted the swastika near the basketball court. The other graffiti, which she described as “sexual,” was found elsewhere on campus. Most of the graffiti was about two feet from top to bottom. Custodians removed the markings before students returned to campus Tuesday.

School officials alerted parents of the discovery in an email on Thursday morning.

With this weekend’s violence at the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Maria Carrillo Principal Vicki Zands said she wanted to assure families “hate has no place on our school campus.”

“At Maria Carrillo High School, we stand for inclusion and respect, and we do not tolerate harassment and intimidation,” she said in the notice to parents.

Berk said no other campuses reported racist graffiti since the weekend.

Read this story in Spanish at La Prensa Sonoma.

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