Roseville school district officials say someone rearranged the letters on an elementary school’s marquee to spell out a racial slur. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
The Roseville City School District said in a statement Tuesday morning that one or more persons broke the locks on Junction Elementary School’s marquee and rearranged the existing letters of its normal messages to form the slur at some point during the weekend.
“Junction parents noticed the racial slur, removed the letters from the marquee on Saturday, and returned them to the school on Monday morning,” the district said.
The statement was issued by the school’s principal, Susan Fridly, and district Superintendent Derk Garcia, who condemned the incident, adding, “The slur directly contradicts the values and beliefs of Junction Elementary School staff and our district.”
Roseville police spokesman Rob Baquera said the police department is in the early stages of investigating the incident.
“It would be investigated as a hate crime,” Baquera said. “I don’t know if there was any damage done to the marquee, but that of course would be vandalism.”
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Roseville Police Department at 916-774-5000 or the district superintendent’s office at 916-771-1600.