Vandals spray paint messages, racial slurs at Valley HS

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 9:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- For the second time in a week vandals have spray painted a Louisville high school.  This week it was at Valley High School off Dixie Highway.  Racial slurs were painted on to a school bus.

“There were some staff members who arrived this morning and saw vandalism on school buses, parts of the building, parts of the building that have been under construction. Right now we are searching for the suspects,” said Ben Jackey, Jefferson County Public Schools Spokesperson.

Spray painted messages all over buses, school buildings and the new gym that's under construction.

It's tough for the staff to see after a difficult academic year that included questions about school leadership.

And to have a racial slur among the graffiti makes it that much tougher for school staff.

“Any time a message like this its unacceptable, it’s deplorable. It’s damaging to anyone that reads it. It’s damaging to the community out there and I think it sets our community back significantly when we see something like that,” said Jackey.

The vandalism at Valley comes after several teens were arrested last week for spray painting and damaging Pleasure Ridge Park.

Kristopher Elder is one of the teens charged in the PRP incident.

Officials don’t have an estimate on the damage at Valley High School.  If you know anything about the vandals you are urged to call Louisville Metro Police on their anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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