Two black students at a Sacramento, California high school are alleged to be responsible for acts of vandalism found on a wall in a school hallway in what an apparent "hate hoax."
According to the Sacramento County Sheriff, on March 22, at approximately 5:14 pm, officials at Rosemont High School in the Sacramento City Unified School District reported that they had discovered the "All n*ggers should die" scrawled in pencil on the wall of a second-floor hallway in the school building.
Security footage obtained by school officials showed two juvenile black females writing the phrase on the wall, according to the Sheriff’s office.
Though the vandalism resulted in minimal damage, the Sheriff's office said in a statement that they are consulting with the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney's Office as to if they should pursue criminal charges.
Last week the school district's superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar said in a statement regarding the incident, "Sac City Unified does not take any incident of racism lightly, and that is why we are widely sharing that another act of disgraceful racist graffiti has taken place in our schools. As a community, we need to loudly condemn this hateful act. Racist incidents will not be tolerated in our schools."
Christina Pritchett, Board President of the Sacramento City Unified School District said in the statement, "The Board of Education is unified and committed to providing a safe and anti-racist learning environment for our students. We fully denounce all racist behavior, and will continue to do whatever we can to support our African-American community members who need to feel welcomed and loved at our schools."
The statement also said that "Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against anyone found to be involved with this incident."
This is not the first time the district has been the victim of a hate hoax.
The Sacramento City Unified School District announced last month that a black female student was identified as the suspect in vandalizing CK McClatchy High School with racist graffiti. On Feb. 11, the student allegedly wrote "white" and "colored" over school water fountains, referencing the Jim Crow era.