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'It's Horrifying': Vandalism at Oakley Elementary School Include Explicit Images, Hate Words

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    Police are investigating to find out who is responsible for vandalism at an East Bay school, which included explicit images and words. Elyce Kirchner reports. (Published Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016)

    Police are investigating to find out who is responsible for vandalism at an East Bay school, which included explicit images and words.

    School officials at Gehringer Elementary in Oakley discovered the graffiti early Thursday and worked to remove it before classes started. Crews were unable to cover up the vandalism in time due to the cold, wet weather.

    "We basically walked by everything as we walked to take her to her class," parent Becky Mirelez said of being unable to shield her child from the graffiti.

    Another parent called the vandalism "horrifying."

    Some students as young as 4 years old saw the graffiti plastered all over the elementary campus.

    Principal Tawny Leonard said the vandalism included graphic images of male anatomy and male anatomy going into female anatomy.

    "There was bad words, hate words," Leonard said. "A lot of drug words."

    Leonard said vandals last year also spray painted gang-related signs on the school. This year's vandalism is far worse, Leonard said.

    "Big black letters for everyone to see," Leonard said. "I mean, they knew it would be hard for us to get that covered up before kids got here."

    Cleaning up the vandalism will cost the school thousands of dollars.

    "I know how hard we work for that money and we want it to go to the kids instead of things like that," said Andrea Simmons, who is on the school's Parent Teacher Association.

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