The school district put out a notice on Tuesday that there were “disturbing events that have occurred within our school community over the last few days.” The district reported that a swastika and an anti-Semitic slogan were found drawn on a restroom wall at Davis Senior High School.
In addition, “Someone sent a swastika digitally to Davis Senior High in three separate anonymous messages through the reporting application called STOPit. Separate anonymous STOPit messages with the same swastika symbol were also sent to Harper Junior High School. All STOPit messages were sent within a two-minute period.”
The district believes that it was all related, although the messaging was done anonymously so there is no way to know for sure..
The district reports, “The graffiti was removed immediately from the high school campus and all incidents were reported to the Davis Police Department for investigation. At this time, it is unknown if the events are related.”
Lt. Paul Doroshov of the Davis Police confirmed to the Vanguard that, around 10 am on Monday, officers responded to Davis High School for a report of a hate incident. Over the weekend, an unknown suspect drew a swastika on the wall of the boys’ bathroom near the library. The words written were: “Sieg Heil.”
Lt. Doroshov declined a Vanguard request for an image of the graffiti, citing an ongoing investigation.
Lt. Doroshov confirmed that the school has also received, over the weekend, swastika email images via an application called “STOPit.”
The district sent out a notice indicating, “We encourage anyone with information to contact our school office or Davis Police Department. I want to also take this opportunity to underscore that such actions are taken seriously and run counter to DJUSD policies and principles of inclusion and may be considered hate crimes by law.”
The district added, “In our school community there is no room for intolerance. I ask for your support in helping to reinforce this message.
“Our counseling department is available to speak with any student or staff member who may need support,” the message indicated.
Maria Clayton, the district’s public information officer, did note that she thought student exposure to this would be relatively limited, as much of the message came in through anonymous apps.
The Davis Police Department is investigating this matter as a hate incident.
—David M. Greenwald reporting