OCS, OCPD investigating after OCHS vandalized with racist and sexual graffiti

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By Amanda Manning

 Editor’s note: This story includes some vulgar language.

The backside of Oldham County High School (OCHS) was vandalized with racist and sexual graffiti and the names of two assistant principals early Saturday morning.

Oldham County Schools released a statement about the incident this morning that said in part: “This kind of act will not be tolerated. School officials will work with Oldham County Police to make sure the perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of that law, and if the perpetrators are found to be students, they will also be disciplined to the full extent of board policy.”

The N- word, “f--- OC,” sexual graffiti and the names of two assistant principals were spray painted onto OCHS between 1:40 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Jan. 26.

Oldham County Schools said district officials were made aware of the vandalism early Saturday afternoon and were on the scene within minutes.

Footage of the vandalism, which has been shared with Oldham County Police, shows two individuals wearing hoodies, backpacks and baseball bats committing the acts.

“Unfortunately, the perpetrators’ faces or other distinguishing features were not visible in the video,” Oldham County Schools said in a statement.

Maintenance personnel painted over the graffiti that afternoon. On Sunday, the site was power washed, with final acid wash removal taking place this morning.

A Facebook post condemning the graffiti has also been circulated. “Oldham County High School we have to do better. My African American student-athlete shouldn't have to arrive at practice and be greeted by this nonsense!” Vonda Williams wrote on her public Facebook page.

Oldham County High School Assistant Principal Dr. Pandora Sears, who was targeted in the graffiti alongside Assistant Principal Tim Lange, also commented on the Facebook post.

“I do have safety concerns regarding myself and students of color. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event. This type of behavior has been ongoing,” Sears wrote on the public Facebook post. “I personally feel as a person of color that we need to address the ongoing racial issues at OCHS. There is a culture at OCHS that needs to be changed.”

Oldham County Schools said that administrators were unaware of any concerns.

Sears had a meeting scheduled with Superintendent Greg Schultz on Jan. 29.

On the following school day, students at OCHS filled the hallways with positive notes that said speak love.

“We aren’t going to let two people, with the cover of night and can of black spray paint speak for all of us. Their racist words on our walls do not represent OCHS,” Assistant Principal Matt Jacobson tweeted.

“Students who were disgusted by the act decided to graffiti our hall with words of love and power,” he added.

School and district officials said they would continue to investigate with the help of Oldham County Police.