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Racist graffiti found at Gwinnett County school

Posted November 23

— Graffiti that included the word "Trump" and a swastika, as well as slurs directed toward gays, blacks and Hispanics, has been found at Gwinnett's Collins Hill High School.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said Tuesday that the vandalism was "primarily on the back side of the building" and in the football stadium. It included spray painted messages on sidewalks, stadium signage and five separate trailers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/2gdLHV3) Roach says banners in the stadium were also torn down. She did not provide further specifics, but photos posted on social media showed graffiti referencing the president-elect and racial slurs.

Graffiti on one trailer said "build the wall," an apparent reference to Trump's pledge to build a wall along the country's border with Mexico. Collins Hill has a large population of both black and Hispanic students.

Gwinnett County students are out this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Maintenance is cleaning up the damage," Roach said. "We are reviewing video footage and have contacted the School Resource Officer who will investigate this situation. Our goal is to find out who is behind this damage and prosecute them."

The racially charged incident at Collins Hill is at least the second at a Gwinnett County school since Trump's election earlier this month. On Nov. 11, a Muslim teacher at Dacula High School reported finding a note in her classroom that urged her to hang herself with her headscarf.

A large number of similar incidents have also been reported across the country. At DeKalb County's Cross Keys High School, two teachers have been removed for making disparaging remarks about undocumented residents.

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