SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—Administrators at Lowell High School in San Francisco have reported small incidences of racist graffiti found on school grounds.
The hateful speech was found in bathroom stalls, bulletin boards and classroom desks.
The graffiti was immediately removed.
An action was linked to a specific student.
The school administration has asked the faculty to monitor student behavior and report any activity to the administration.
Teachers shared this message to students:
Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups based on race, color, religion, national origin sexual orientation, gender, disability, or other traits.
This type of behavior is unacceptable.
Students who engage in these activities, whether at school, on social media, in verbal or written form will face disciplinary consequences including the possibility of suspension.
While these actions have been performed by a very small number of individuals, the result of these behaviors has a profound effect on others. We cannot and will not tolerate this type of behavior at our school. These behaviors do not reflect our values and principles at Lowell. This is not who we are.
Please show your fellow students respect at all times. You may think that a casual comment about someone’s race, appearance or national origin that you make in jest is just “joking around,” but it is not. It can be hurtful, divisive and make the other person feel like they do not belong in our school, or even in this country. All students at this school belong here. All students at this school belong in this country.
The Lowell Administration takes the welfare of students, both physically and emotionally very seriously. If you are being bullied, teased or insulted by classmates do not hesitate to report it.
But, to be very clear: We know the vast majority of our students show kindness, caring and support to each other every day. Please continue to be that student.
Thank you for your attention.
This is not the first time racist graffiti has been found at Bay Area high schools.
Four incidents have been reported at California High School in San Ramon and two were reported at Monte Vista High School in Danville.