Sheriff: Anderson High School vandalized with phrases containing ‘racial overtones'

Updated: Sep. 3, 2019 at 5:13 PM EDT
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ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are searching for a suspect in connection with vandalism at Anderson High School.

According to the sheriff’s office, an unidentified male spray painted multiple locations on campus. Among the graffiti shown in the images include the phrases “Racists” and “Redskins? More like White Skins..."

Authorities said that the graffiti contained “profane language and racial overtones.”

A 1995 Anderson High School graduate who wanted to remain anonymous said it’s totally uncalled for.

“I was disgusted. I actually drove home and went a little bit out of my way to see it in person and saw some of it has been covered up. It’s something that shouldn’t be happening," he said.

In 1999, the Forest Hills School Board voted unanimously to keep the mascot after supporters of the American Indian movement asked it to be changed.

In 2018, FOX19 NOW reported the Forest Hills School Board met again to debate on changing Anderson High School’s mascot. There they said the change wouldn’t be cheap, costing over a million dollars.

Anderson High School has kept their Redskins mascot.

“It’s clearly vandalism and it’s clearly trying to provoke emotions. Hopefully they get caught, they get prosecuted and they have to pay for it," the 1995 graduate said.

Forest Hills School District Superintendent Scot Prebles provided this statement:

“The graffiti discovered at Anderson High School is deeply disturbing and does not reflect the beliefs of our students nor staff. We are grateful for the hard work of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and we are confident that the person responsible will be identified.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the office’s criminal investigation section at (513) 825-1500.

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