PHOTO: White primer was used to cover up the text on the bulletin wall.
By Saebean Yi,
Students were shocked to see numerous facilities at Davis High spray-painted by vandals, just three weeks into the start of the school year.
The P-wing, boy’s bathroom, dance room, hallways and quad all fell victim to the act of delinquency over the weekend.
Vandalism ranged from seemingly innocent words, such as “DHS” and “2019” to obscene images and homophobic slurs.
Vans were parked along the quad full of painting tools and workers Monday morning.
According to Chuy Corona, who works for maintenance at the Davis Joint Unified District, the district hoped to cover up all the graffiti with white primer by the end of Monday.
While the white paint may be enough for the lighter colored walls, many facilities will need a completely fresh paint job.
“Because of the rain, it’s really stalling us and we’ll have to come back some other time to paint the rest of the doors and walls,” Corona said.
Even with the repainting, Corona says that the colors will never match what it used to be.
“We’re talking to around $800 to $1,000 going into just the materials,” Corona said. “It’s a shame since the money could have been used somewhere else that could benefit the school.”
At DHS, “vandalizing school property or private property” is a level five offense, where students will receive a one to five day suspension and will be “prohibited from attending all extracurricular activities […] for up to nine weeks,” according to the DHS handbook.
Additionally, because the cost of damage was more than $400, California Penal Code 594 states that this can result in a “jail sentence of between one and three years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.”
Currently, both the identity and motive behind the vandalism is unknown.