Racist graffiti painted onto four Cowichan Valley schools, SD79 says

Racist graffiti painted onto four Cowichan Valley schools, SD79 says
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Cowichan Secondary is the latest school to be targeted with racist graffiti

Four Cowichan Valley School District (SD79) schools have been painted with racist graffiti over the last four weeks, according to a post by the school district Thursday.

Racist graffiti began appearing at schools on May 12 and there’s been a steady increase since then, according to the district. They say one of the schools has been painted twice.

The schools include Discovery Elementary, Ecole Mount Prevost, Cowichan Secondary and Frances Kelsey Secondary – which was painted twice on June 6 and 13.

“We know that unfortunately, racism is alive and well in our communities,” said Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education in the post. “We are relying on members of our communities to come forward with any information that may help us find those that continue to target our students, staff, and community through these racist messages.”

SD79 says they are working closely with RCMP in trying to find who is responsible for the graffiti.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Shawnigan Lake RCMP at 250-743-5514 for the Frances Kelsey Secondary or Discovery Elementary schools.

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