Vancouver’s Skyview High School tagged with ‘hate graffiti’ overnight

VANCOUVER — Clark County Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public to help identify a person of interest in an overnight graffiti incident at Skyview High School in Vancouver.

Vancouver High School hate graffiti
Clark County Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public for help identifying this individual, who was seen trespassing on the Skyview High campus in Vancouver around 1 a.m., Tue., Nov. 15. Anyone who can identify the person is asked to call School Resource Deputy Sheriff Scott Bain at (360) 397-2211, extension 5315 or email him at Scott.Bain@Clark.Wa.Gov. Photo courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office

According to a letter written by Vancouver Public School Superintendent Steven T. Webb and posted on the Vancouver Public Schools’ website, a person tagged two exterior walls at the Vancouver high school with “hate graffiti” sometime during the early morning hours of Tue., Nov. 15.

“I want to reassure our families that the role of the school district and its employees is to provide a safe and respectful learning environment. Our responsibility is to lead and serve with love, teach tolerance and hold students accountable when they behave in ways that infringe on the rights of others,” Webb stated in his letter.

Clark County Sheriff’s deputies released a photo of someone they call a “person of interest” in the “malicious mischief investigation” and asked the public for help identifying the individual who was seen trespassing on the Skyview High campus around 1 a.m. on Tue., Nov. 15. Anyone who can identify the person is asked to call School Resource Deputy Sheriff Scott Bain at (360) 397-2211, extension 5315 or email him at Scott.Bain@Clark.Wa.Gov.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, staff cleaned the “profanity directed at various societal demographics” from the high school’s exterior walls before students arrived for classes the next morning.

Webb said in his letter that the district is committed to providing a safe, supportive space for all Vancouver Public Schools students.

“While acknowledging that many people in our community — children and adults — are experiencing a broad range of emotions to certain events across the country, we can serve them best by staying focused on our core mission — preparing each and every student for future success,” Webb stated in his Nov. 17 letter to Skyview families. “We are committed to continuing to provide a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment for all 24,000 Vancouver Public Schools students.”

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