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Authorities: Teen culprit ID'd in Monte Vista bus graffiti

Other incidents of racist graffiti at MVHS, Cal High remain under investigation

Investigators have identified the student they allege is responsible for racist and homophobic graffiti written in a TRAFFIX bus that serves Danville's Monte Vista High School earlier this month, police and school officials confirmed Wednesday.

The 15-year-old Danville boy, whose name was not released, has been placed in a juvenile diversion program because of the vandalism offense, according to Danville police Lt. Allan Shields.

San Ramon Valley school district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich confirmed the student attends Monte Vista, but she declined to release any other identifying details or specifics on the discipline.

"The student will face appropriate disciplinary and criminal action," she said. "With an ongoing investigation, we cannot share additional details nor can we share information about the disciplinary actions based on Education Code."

The bus graffiti, discovered the weekend of Nov. 18-20 after local schools let out for Thanksgiving break, appears unrelated to racially charged graffiti found in a Monte Vista male restroom earlier in the week, Shields said.

That case remains unsolved, as do three of the four racist graffiti incidents reported in restrooms at San Ramon's California High School in October and November, according to Graswich.

There have been no racist graffiti incidents at San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools since the bus vandalism, she added.

The Nov. 16 graffiti at Monte Vista was written above urinals in a boys' bathroom, with "Whites" underlined and pointing toward a row of urinals and "Colored" underlined and pointing down at a single, shorter urinal -- with the two separated by a dividing line.

The graffiti was documented and removed after being reported, and the entire school gathered the next day for an assembly at which teachers talked about their personal experiences with discrimination and 100 students got up to speak as well, according to Graswich.

Shields said authorities are working to investigate leads related to the Nov. 16 incident but they have not identified those responsible.

The bus graffiti was found several days later on the weekend -- racist and homophobic slurs written on bus seats, according to Shields.

The lieutenant said the teen culprit was placed in a diversion program like any other juvenile offender in Danville for a similar level of vandalism "to try to get them back on track and keep them out of the criminal justice system."

School and San Ramon police continue to investigate the unsolved graffiti cases from Cal High, according to Graswich.

Racist graffiti was found in bathrooms at Cal High most recently on Nov. 17 and 18, prompting school officials and about 100 parents to meet and discuss the situations on Nov. 18 before Thanksgiving break.

Cal High also saw racist graffiti incidents in October, both involving slurs targeting African-Americans written on bathroom walls -- one in a boys' restroom Oct. 19 and the other in a girls' restroom Oct. 24.

A Cal High student admitted responsibility for the Oct. 19 incident, and was set to face "appropriate school disciplinary action," Graswich said at the time.

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20 people like this
Posted by Oh Brother
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 1, 2016 at 7:48 am

Thank goodness they caught this guy.

He wrote unauthorized words.

That’s terrifying.


11 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Dec 1, 2016 at 8:33 am

How politically correct! "The student will face appropriate disciplinary and criminal action," she said. "With an ongoing investigation, we cannot share additional details nor can we share information about the disciplinary actions based on Education Code." What discipline will the parents face for the behavior of their child?


13 people like this
Posted by former counselor
a resident of Danville
on Dec 1, 2016 at 9:43 am

Often times this prejudiced behavior is not the only thing this person has done. Looking into the student's past behavior whether through his internet searches, parent problems/ lack of supervision or friend problems will uncover the darkness and sick behavior .


4 people like this
Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Dec 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm

*Oh Brother: The student wrote "unauthorized words" - seriously?! The student's written "words" were racist and hurtful. I'm glad they have been identified and will hopefully face consequences for their horrible action.


13 people like this
Posted by Lighten Up
a resident of Danville
on Dec 1, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Kids being kids. Think the community should lighten up a bit.


16 people like this
Posted by resident3
a resident of Danville
on Dec 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

The kid has been around for 15 years, lighten up people. What he did was wrong and he should be punished, not executed. Get off your high horse and go outside and catch frogs and doorbell ditch, geezus crackers.....


13 people like this
Posted by Teacher
a resident of Danville
on Dec 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

"Unauthorized words" , "lighten up", "kids being kids "...were some of the comments about this kid who used racist graffiti on a school bus.
When will these people accept the fact that not only was this wrong but this kid has such hatred inside him. Often this comes out slowly and because it is festering inside, it can eccelerate to something worse later.
Racist words are racist.
To take this action lightly , is to put your head in the sand !


7 people like this
Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2016 at 9:39 am

@teacher, I agree completely. Some of the comments above speak volumes about our community, unfortunately. That this action isn't recognized as the racism it demonstrates is pathetic. No one is saying this kid should be executed. Everyone should be saying this action was racist and wrong, and this child should be held accountable.

My "kids were kids" and would never, ever had even considered doing something so hateful. Then again, they were not raised in a home with racism, nor by parents who would have excused such acts as "unauthorized words, kids being kids" etc.

Geez, what a disappointment.


11 people like this
Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

Teacher, this is a legitimate question: What punishment would you recommend for him?


2 people like this
Posted by Tracher
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Many parents in this neighborhood might not have time for their kids . A kid that is left alone with no parent/guardian to talk with is headed for trouble .
We see this all the time as teachers .
To talk meaningfully with your child takes time .
To not talk at all is the road to future problems .
There are differencess and alikeness with us all .
Maybe start with that. Be upfront . Be specific. Explain.
Should this "crime " go unpunished ?. Absolutely not .
But leave part to the authorities who have "arrested " this kid .
Again, this racist act is not a kid being a kid.
What would you do if this was your child?
Just let it go ?


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