Graffiti fouls new school
The head custodian of North Tahoe High and Middle School got a surprise Friday morning when he arrived at work and found the new Tahoe City school vandalized.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and school administrators are investigating the graffiti that covered doors, windows and walls around the campus in green spray paint.
Between the school’s surveillance cameras and student input, authorities are verifying and investigating possible leads. On Friday afternoon Deputy Russ Potts, the school resource officer, said there were suspects and that deputies were looking for a specific vehicle.
“I’m reasonably sure it’s no current students at our high school,” Potts said. “We have some information we need to complete before we [make an arrest].”
He said that the North Tahoe community in general has a problem with “tagging” and the “whole gang mentality.” Whether it’s “KB Stoners,” “Crips,” “Bloods,” or “XIV,” graffiti is now seen along the North Shore, Potts said.
“[Tagging] comes and goes. There are times where it’s worse and times where it’s not,” he said.
The weekend marked homecoming at North Tahoe High, and students showed their true colors by helping to clean the vandalized windows and doors. Parents also called to offer their services. The graffiti was nearly all removed, but the building will likely need re-painting, said Potts.
“Students were very upset by what they saw. They take tremendous pride in this entire building,” said Bill Frey, North Tahoe High principal. “They came around very quickly and offered help scrubbing on windows.”
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