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.