Vandals target Rancho Bernardo High School: Explicit, racist graffiti left behind
$500 reward for
Last Updated: 52 days ago
SAN DIEGO - An investigation into tagging at Rancho Bernardo High School Friday that left behind explicit sexual language and racist graffiti including swastikas continued Saturday.
Police said tagging at the school, at 13010 Paseo Lucido, were spotted by students about 6:30 a.m. It was spotted around the high school football field, on the turf and in various other parts of the school campus.
Tags included male genitalia, the F word and "Go Nighthawks," suggesting the taggers may have come from rival Del Norte High School, Rancho Bernardo High School's opponent during the homecoming game on Friday.
"I was kind of surprised," said RBHS student Jocobo Mantilla. "First year at this school and already something crazy happening."
"I thought it was inappropriate that somebody would do something like this to a school and just the fact that people don't think about how it would be more expensive to a school to fix all the stuff," said junior Simon Orny.
As the day wore on, so did the rumors.
"A lot of people said that it wasn't Del Norte and that people were trying to frame each other and on Twitter someone posted that Westview told Poway to come vandalize our school saying they were Del Norte … the logic behind that I don't know," said Rancho Bernardo High School student Lucy Arvicu.
Staff members suspect the graffiti was done sometime overnight. By late Friday afternoon, graffiti had been cleaned up so by the time of the game, it was like it never happened.
"In a way, it kind of worked out 'cause everyone got unified and we're all excited and we're all here," said Arvicu.
During assemblies on Friday afternoon, principals at both Del Norte and Rancho Bernardo high schools addressed students and staff, making it known to all that police were investigating and that $500 would be given to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.
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