Serra High principal, teacher victims of hate crime

District has launched an investigation
Posted at 8:29 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 01:15:57-04

Serra High School Principal Vincent Mays and teacher Allison Middleton are the victims of a hate crime at their own school.

On Tuesday, vandals wrote both their names along with the “N” word in two different parts of campus.

During a school board meeting, Middleton told the board she believes she was targeted for supporting Mays.

“In speaking out in support of him, I think I have been retaliated against. I was forwarded a picture of my name with the “N” word beside it,” Middleton said.

Several teachers have been trying for months to have Mays removed as principal.

10News was the first to tell you last October about allegations that Mays did not have a legitimate PHD.

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Some staff members also claimed he sexually harassed and bullied them.

A spokesperson for the district says they are not sure if the recent graffiti is related.

Students were stunned when they learned about the vandalism.

“I don't even know what to say because if it was a student or a teacher, I'm not sure because I don't see why a student would get involved with that,” Louis Mirabal said.

“I kind of find it offensive, but like, how I feel about it personally, I'm confused like why they would do it,” Gabriel Gonzales said.

School police are combing through surveillance video hoping to catch whoever is responsible.

“I think he's a pretty good principal, every single day he's always walking around shaking peoples' hands, greeting everybody, I think he's a good principal,” Julian Gonzales said.

The district is asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call Crime Stoppers.