Vandalism at the school

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Just this past Friday, there was an act of vandalism where a student or group of students spray painted hate symbols onto our school. They don’t really tell us as much as they could, but so far we know that there were Nazi symbols and “white power” phrases or symbols. There’s an assembly schedule tomorrow, which means all of our classes are shorter and there’s an hour-long assembly addressing the issue. Luckily for me, I’m unnoticeable enough to slip away without anybody really caring. I’m not sure if it’s mandatory, but they usually don’t take attendance during assemblies so I doubt it. So far there aren’t any suspects, but my friend and I were talking about potential suspects. He just moved down from Des Moines, but he really misses working at his dad’s Des Moines Local Concrete Contractors company.

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Currently I’m in my library and they have a meeting going on where they’re trying to recruit different clubs and groups like the football team to show up during the assembly and represent things. Personally, I disagree with this kind of huge presentation. By making a huge stink out of what they spray painted, we’re accomplishing their goal. They wanted attention, and we’re giving it to them. We’re announcing to the world that these images bothered us, so now we’re admitting that they made us uncomfortable. Making us feel this way was literally THEIR GOAL. If we just swept this issue under the carpet and never addressed it officially, then they wouldn’t have accomplished what they wanted.

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Nobody was hurt in the process, apart from a few weaker kids who got PTSD from seeing a swastika at school. If I was principal, I would have just ignored the symbols and covered it up without telling anyone and then the white power group wouldn’t be given any more power. That’s what this whole parade is doing. We are giving the hate groups more power over us by admitting that they won. They didn’t want to burn down the school or kill anyone, they just wanted to bother us and it worked. Not me, of course. I couldn’t really care less anyways plus I didn’t get a chance to see the graffiti before they covered it up.