Thursday, May 16, 2013

Reward Offered After Racist Graffiti Targets Black Students at Agoura High Schoo

See also Calabasas student football discrimination.

Reward Offered After Racist Graffiti Targets Black Students at Agoura High School
Racist graffiti targeting black students was found on buildings on Sunday and Wednesday
By Toni Guinyard and Jason Kandel
May 16, 2013

Reward Offered for Hate Crime at Agoura High School

Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives were investigating who scrawled racist graffiti targeting black students at Agoura High School, found on Sunday, May 12, 2013 and Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Two cases of racially charged graffiti are being investigated as a hate crime, officials said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were reviewing surveillance footage and providing extra patrols around Agoura High School where officials found racist graffiti against black students on Sunday and Wednesday.

The scrawls were first discovered on Sunday on several buildings of the campus. Some parents said they were not initially notified about the graffiti that was quickly painted over.

But on Wednesday, school officials found more graffiti on the boys' bathroom that named names and threatened specific students.

“My son’s name showed up on the list,” said Astrid Kastenberg, who received several text messages and calls about the Wednesday incident. "These are the next n------ to die."

School officials said sheriff's detectives told them not to notify parents about the graffiti found on Sunday.

Parent Dorna Hill said she was notified on Wednesday, but she was still uneasy even though officials said they didn't believe students were in danger.

Members of the hate crime unit of the sheriff's department met with parents of students who appeared to be targeted and class was in session as usual on Thursday.

School officials said a $1,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Just over 1 percent of the 2,180 students at the school are African American, according to state enrollment data from 2012, the latest statistics available.

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