A Dallas-area high school was spray painted with ugly racist and anti-trangender graffiti on the school’s outer walls hours before 100 area elementary school students were scheduled to be on campus for a youth football clinic.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Arlington Martin was spray painted with white and green messages, as well as a set of hoof like logos that has led some to assume the messages were left there by crosstown rival Arlington High. One of the large sprayed messages itself — payback for the parking lot — is also apparently related to interactions between the schools.
Arlington ISD’s communications director told the Morning-News’ Corbett Smith the district was reviewing all surveillance video and received a tip it felt would help locate the individual responsible in short order.
Of all the graffiti left on the Martin exterior, two messages were particularly troubling: One water fountain bore the words “whites only,” just above it, and an exit door had “trans only,” scrawled on it.
The timing of the graffiti was almost certainly orchestrated to coincide with Martin’s spring football scrimmage, which is preceded by a youth football camp held an hour before the scrimmage.
For it’s part, the Arlington Police Department made clear that it would prosecute anyone connected with the incident to the fullest extent of the law, perhaps including felony charges.
“It would appear that this was motivated by hate or bias,” Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson told the Morning-News. “We will aggressively investigate this incident in an effort to bring full prosecution against the actor or actors including hate crime enhancement as appropriate.”