Vandals paint racial slurs, other graffiti on Tara High School buildings _lowres

Tara High Racist Graffiti

Authorities are trying to determine who spray-painted racist graffiti over the weekend on buildings near the baseball field at Tara High School.

The vandalism is being investigated by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office as a damage to property incident, but those responsible could face other charges, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.

School administrators discovered the graffiti Monday morning behind the main school building, and began work to remove it, said Keith Bromery, a spokesman for the parish school system.

“Parents were not notified about the incident because the graffiti is not located in a high traffic area where most students and staff normally go,” Bromery said. “It is also not visible from the street.”

The vandals spray-painted the graffiti on the side of a building as well as on a portable restroom, according to photos provided to The Advocate. The graffiti includes several racial slurs as well as a depiction of a swastika, a German military award known as the Iron Cross, and a pentagram, which is often associated with the occult.

School administrators are reviewing surveillance video in hopes of getting a lead on who did it. Bromery said a similar incident occurred at Tara years ago involving racially offensive graffiti.

The Sheriff’s Office asked those with information on the incident to call (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-STOP.