Discriminatory, threatening graffiti found near Westsyde school

By James Peters
November 24, 2016 - 3:41pm

KAMLOOPS — School District 73 has notified the Kamloops RCMP after threatening graffiti was found on playground equipment at a local elementary school.

The graffiti was noticed Monday on playground equipment at Arthur Stevenson Elementary in Westsyde.

Director of Student Support Services Trish Smillie says graffiti on school property is common, but this instance was different.

"There was graffiti found on a nearby playground that contained hate language that was both racially discriminatory and threatening in nature," said Smillie. "The 'threatening in nature' differs from other graffiti that we normally find."

Smillie says the threat was not made against an individual, and was quickly removed.

She notes the district worked together with the RCMP implementing a risk assessment protocol, and that resulted in a letter home to parents, among other measures.

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