Schools Vandalized With Slurs

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Two Newport Beach schools and other nearby buildings were vandalized over the weekend with racial slurs and other graffiti.

Mariners school, and structures in the 1100 block of Rutland Road and the 1700 block of Bedford Drive, all had graffiti, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Burdette.

Newport Harbor High School also had similar graffiti, said Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Laura Boss.

The vandals used black and neon green spray paint to “tag” walls, sheds and carports, Burdette said. The graffiti included swastikas, “666 white,” “WP” and “88,” Burdette said. The number 88 is commonly used as a code for “HH” (the letter H is eighth in the alphabet) meaning “Heil Hitler,” Burdette said.

The vandalism occurred between 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 7 a.m. Nov. 14, Burdette said. A resident reported the vandalism at Mariners to police on Sunday and Boss reported the graffiti at NHHS on Monday.

The graffiti was cleaned up by Monday morning, Boss said.

The police are investigating and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3681 or call the department’s anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 800-550-NBPD.

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