Police Investigate Vandalism At Atholton High

April 08, 1992

Police are investigating a weekend incident at Atholton High School,where vandals set fire to a baseball dugout bench, painted "KKK" andother messages on buildings and stole school supplies.

No arrestshave been made in the incident, which occurred between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the school, in the 6500 block of Freetown Road.

It is apparently one of several race-related incidents to occur on school grounds since January. Last month, "KKK" was painted on Thunder Hill Elementary School. Hate-bias literature was sent to two middle schools in February. And in January, a parent complained to the school board that her second-grade son had been punched in the stomach and called a "nigger" at West Friendship Elementary School.

Several of the buildings at Atholton last weekend were spray-painted with "SNATAS" -- "Satans" spelled backward -- and "F--- Racism," police said. "KKK" was spray-painted on the home dugout.

The vandals also broke into a storage building and stole school banners and a bucket full of hand tools, police said. Also stolen was a gasoline container police believe was used to set the fire.

Police said they found a knocked-over silver paint can and shoe prints, which may mean paint wasspilled on shoes of the vandals.

Police also haven't determined how much damage was done to the school. Any one with information is asked to call the Police Department at 313-2266.

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