Racist Graffiti Found at Local High School; Reward Offered
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — A reward was being offered as the investigation continued Thursday into racist graffiti targeting African-American students at Agoura High School.
The first incident was reported over the weekend when someone spray painted hate messages on walls at the school.
By Monday, the graffiti had been removed and students and parents were not informed of what occurred.
Then on Wednesday, students arrived to find a so-called ‘hit list’ spray painted inside a campus restroom.
The list included the names of African-American students who attend the high school.
Investigators asked school officials not to alert the public about the initial incident, Las Virgenes Unified School District Superintendent Dan Stepenosky said.
The decision was made because there were no specific names included in the graffiti, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
After Wednesday’s incident, sheriff’s officials met with everyone named on the list to reassure them, and extra security was brought in on campus.
Additional patrols were planned at the school for the rest of the week, authorities said.
“This situation is really ridiculous,” said Sean Hill, a freshman at Agoura High, who was one of the students targeted.
“I never thought that anything like this would happen at this school,” he said.
“It’s really scary when your child is put on a list with other boys that are being targeted and also says that they’re gonna die,” his mother, Lorna Hill, said.
Hate crime investigators were offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to those responsible for the graffiti.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at (818) 878-1808.