An apparent hate hoax at a California high school was exposed by authorities after the suspects – who are black – were caught red-handed writing a racist death threat.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on March 22, officials at Rosemont High School in the Sacramento City Unified School District reported that they found a racist death threat on the wall of a second-floor hallway in the school building. The racist graffiti written in pencil read: “All n*****s should die.”
The graffiti sparked a full investigation by the Sacramento City Unified School District, as well as a public response from the superintendent and board president.
“Sac City Unified does not take any incident of racism lightly, and that is why we are widely sharing that another act of disgraceful racist graffiti has taken place in our schools,” Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar said. “As a community we need to loudly condemn this hateful act. Racist incidents will not be tolerated in our schools. We will work to provide the support needed for our students and staff experiencing trauma from this incident as soon as possible.”
“The Board of Education is unified and committed to providing a safe and anti-racist learning environment for our students,” Board President Christina Pritchett said. “We fully denounce all racist behavior, and will continue to do whatever we can to support our African-American community members who need to feel welcomed and loved at our schools.”
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said, “Two Rosemont High School students were observed writing a racial obscenity” by a surveillance camera.
However, the surveillance video shows that the alleged perpetrators of the racist death threat are actually black.
“Rosemont High School Administrators were able to obtain video surveillance footage showing two African-American female juveniles clearly writing the graffiti on the wall,” the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said.
Based on the video, school officials and detectives were able to identify both students accused of the hate hoax vandalism.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office stated it will “consult with the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s Office if criminal charges are warranted.”
This is the second time in two months that there has been an alleged hate hoax in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
In February, a black female student confessed to writing the words “White” and “Colored” over water fountains at McClatchy High School.
Before the confession, the racist vandalism ignited protests with activists marching with signs that read, “END ANTI-BLACK HATE” and “NO ROOM FOR HATE.”
Pair Accused Of Writing Racist Graffiti On Wall At Rosemont High School