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Vandalism of Calimesa Middle School Leads to Hate Crime Investigation

"Racial slurs and symbols" were spray painted on two walls of the school, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa was vandalized with "racial slurs and symbols," according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. 

Deputies assigned to the Calimesa Police Department respond to a report of vandalism at the school at 8 a.m. Monday. They discovered that suspects entered school grounds over night and spray painted graffiti on two walls.

Investigators are examining video surveillance footage in the hopes of getting suspect leads.

The crime is being investigated as a hate crime.

"The Calimesa Police Department is dedicated to the investigation and enforcement of any and all reported incidents of violence or threats directed at an individual, institution or business, motivated all or in part by race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation," the department said in a statement.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at 951-922-7100 or 951-776-1099 after business hours.

Mr C August 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Yeah, because it's a "hate" crime it's much much more serious.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 14, 2012 at 03:35 AM
It's serious, period. What is the point of graffiti, other than moronic gratification? A waste of money and time to clean it up. I hope the surveillance cameras lead to a swift arrest and harsh punishment,, and not a gentle slap on the wrist!
xcak August 14, 2012 at 06:45 AM
And hopefully they are minors so that the parents will be prosecuted for teaching their kids to hate.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 14, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Amen!! And no plea bargain, durn it!
Mr C August 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
" parents will be prosecuted for teaching their kids to hate." Oh that's funny stuff right there. What's next, prosecute conservatives for their beliefs? Talk about mind control, you and the PC liberal thought police should look in the mirror.
xcak August 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
You know what! They should prosecute conservatives (middle class) for following and buying into the "shenanigans" of Romney, Ryan, and this Do Nothing Republican Congress. Yea they should! Damn it Mr. C you had to go there.
Mr C August 14, 2012 at 06:02 PM
There you go, don't follow the PC line and go to jail.
Mr C August 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
That's the America our founding fathers envisioned I'm sure.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 14, 2012 at 07:29 PM
What a strange thing to say, Mr C. If a minor is caught committing a crime, the parents normally must make restitution. What purpose does hate achieve? If people don't like certain minorities and physically act on that hate, it is considered a hate crime. Most gang violence is out of hate, and too often an innocent person suffers. It's not politically correctness; it's responsibility. Parents are, and should be, the front line teachers of their children, which also means that they are responsible for their actions. Your comment on Conservatives being prosecuted for their beliefs is especially interesting since both Conservatives and Liberals are both being castigated for their beliefs. Responsibility has no political or religious affiliation. I'm about as PC incorrect as one can be, but will not be found standing on the corner spewing hate.
Mr C August 15, 2012 at 05:15 AM
In today's PC world any speech can be considered hate. My religious beliefs make me in favor of prop 8...to many that is considered hate. I call it opinion. Care to justify my hateful position? To the left, supporting the Boy Scouts is considered hate. Name me a few positions of the left that are called "hate" Mariana.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 15, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Mr C....Of course, if the speech includes the 'hateful and demeaning' words, of which there are many, you are correct. Like crabgrass in your lawn, Its just not going away. I also support the Boy Scouts movement; but I do not support Council's stance on gays as leaders and camp staff. I was Girl Scout Leader for 18 years and never saw anything happen. Leaders and Councillors are carefully vetted. .Do I hate either group? Of course not.I find gays to be funny and extremely polite; one of favorite stores, in Rancho Miarge in a Gay Thrift Shop. I am straight and have been married 45 years. If I 'hated" anything, it would be the sudden acceptances of illegals by our current Federal Government. Someone made a comment explaining why people were jealous and racist and the reason given was that the poor, and disabled got things free. Nothing is free; it all cost money and guess whose money that is? I am strongly against illegals and that will never change. Anger turns to hate when a personal has no control over their life or their body so fear become hate. And I apologize; I took a sleeping pill several hours ago, and it finally kicked in :)
Mr C August 15, 2012 at 01:41 PM
You're missing the point Mariana. I don't hate, but many of the things I believe are called hateful by those that live in the PC crowd. Hate speech legislation is nothing more than the PC crowds way of censoring YOUR speech and THOUGHTS. I have nothing against the gay and lesbians, until they tell me I MUST accept their lifestyle. Do whatever you want, but don't tell me I MUST accept it. Against illegal immigration? You're a racist hate monger...it never ends with the left.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Heavens, I never said that you MUST accept something you are against. As for being a 'racist hate monger' because I am against ILLEGAL immigration, then so be it. Why should I support someone, or anyone, who is doing something illegal? It's the left who brings up the race card. I don't care from where a person comes, but if they enter the US illegally, they are criminals. On the other hand, I would ask you not to tell me that I must ACCEPT illegal behavior. Actually, accepting illegals would be considered politically correct so I'm obviously not.

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