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Hate-Speech Graffiti Found at Palisades High School Spurs $50,000 Reward, Protests

Students at PalI High responded to the hate speech that vandalized their school with messages of their own. Photo via Laura Nicole Diamond.
Students at PalI High responded to the hate speech that vandalized their school with messages of their own. Photos via Laura Nicole Diamond.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin proposed a $50,000 reward today to help root out whoever is responsible for hate-speech vandalism at a high school in Pacific Palisades.

Graffiti that included swastikas and made references to gays and the KKK was spray-painted on Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St., over the weekend. The vandalism is believed to have been committed about 6 a.m. Sunday.

The reward motion introduced by Bonin says whoever is responsible “represents an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles.”

Bonin said he was “horrified by the awful, disgusting and offensive hate speech graffiti” left around the school.

“We cannot allow hate and intolerance to threaten our neighborhoods and our school children,” he said.

paliThe school serves students from Pacific Palisades, Palisades Highlands, Kenter Canyon and portions of Brentwood.

Hundreds of students took part in a demonstration on the campus today to speak out against the vandalism and the hate messages it carried.

The City Council will vote on whether to offer the $50,000 reward at an upcoming meeting.

Bonin urged anyone with information about the vandalism to call the “Crime Stoppers” hotline, (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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