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Swastikas found at Volcano Vista High School

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Swastikas on students’ lockers and in the bathroom.

The racist markings are what prompted investigations at Volcano Vista High School this school year, according to Albuquerque Public Schools Associate Superintendent Yvonne Garcia.

Garcia said that a couple of months ago, swastikas were found on the lockers and three students were caught on camera vandalizing the property.

She wouldn’t say how the students were disciplined and didn’t name the students, but said, in general, this could result in a suspension or an expulsion.

“What we typically do is we write police incident reports. For things that are illegal and qualify as a crime, our police officers look at it and forward it on to the (district attorney). For this, I do not know where it is in the process,” she told the Journal.

Garcia said it didn’t appear that particular students were being targeted.

Roughly two and a half weeks ago, a swastika was also found in a bathroom stall.

Garcia said a custodian found it and cleaned it up, but school administration was alerted and officials investigated.

In this instance, culprits weren’t identified because there aren’t cameras in the bathrooms.

The associate superintendent said the Volcano Vista principal provided teachers and staff with materials on how to talk students about the incidents.

Garcia emphasized that the hateful markings are unacceptable.

“We really want to be clear that we cannot tolerate racially charged incidents. Any amount of racially charged incidents are wrong. It is inappropriate,” she said, adding that there is a new category in the student handbook that specifies protocol for hate offenses.

Both investigations are closed.

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