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    “Three Calabasas High students arrested after admitting spray-painting anti-Semitic, racist graffiti “


    Three Calabasas High School students were arrested Wednesday on vandalism charges after they admitted to spray-painting anti-Semitic symbols and racist insults around the school during the weekend, according to authorities.

    The teenage boys, whose names were not being released because they are minors, allegedly directed the insults at specific students and teachers who they felt had mistreated them, according to the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.

    “”They showed their frustration by spray-painting extremely offensive words and symbols throughout the school grounds,”” said Lt. Steven R. Smith. “”The hurt that this has caused to the students, teachers and community, is much worse than the approximately $2,000 in damage to the school grounds.””

    The graffiti, which included swastikas, racist statements against African Americans and profanities, was painted on the school’s doors, walls, sidewalks and a stop sign the week before a Holocaust survivor was scheduled to speak at the school, according to sheriff’s deputies.

    But the boys did not mean to commit a hate crime, Smith said.

    The suspects “”… did not intend to target a specific ethnicity or religion,”” Smith said. “”Based on the statements of the subjects and the content of their graffiti vandalism, their intent was to upset the people they felt had wronged them, rather than a criminal hate crime.””

    The school has repaired the damage, which included sandblasting a section of

    the vandalized wall.

    Detectives are seeking prosecution for felony vandalism and reimbursement to the school for the damages, according to authorities.

    In response to the crime, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s S.H.A.R.E. (Stop Hate and Respect Everyone) Tolerance trailer will be deployed at the school until next week. The educational program includes uniformed deputies who will discuss hate crime issues with students.

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