Vandals graffiti North Tahoe schools this morning |

Vandals graffiti North Tahoe schools this morning

Courtesy imageThis graffiti was found this morning at the new North Tahoe High and Middle School.

The head custodian of North Tahoe High and Middle School got a surprise this morning when he arrived at work and found the new Tahoe City school had been vandalized.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and school administrators are investigating the graffiti that covered doors, windows and walls outside of the campus in green spray paint.

“I came for jazz this morning when [the graffiti] was all here,” said 10th-grade student Ellie Kraus. “I couldn’t understand it.”

Between the school’s surveillance cameras and student input, authorities are verifying and investigating possible suspects.

By 10 a.m. Placer County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Russ Potts and Vice Principal Stephanie Welsh were running out the doors of the school to check on a lead.

While the students were “disheartened” by the vandalism, they immediately went to work to help clean up, said Welsh.

“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 ” rubbing on windows.”

Students with early bird classes were the first to scrub windows and doors, and parents called to offer power washers to remove the final spray paint.

All the graffiti is expected to be gone by the end of the day, Frey said.

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