2 Bend elementary schools tagged with racist, homophobic, antisemitic graffiti

Someone tagged two Bend elementary schools over the weekend with graffiti with that included racist, antisemitic and homophobic epithets as well as sexual content.

Bear Creek Elementary and Ensworth Elementary were both hit. A letter was sent to Bear Creek parents.

“We are saddened to inform you that our school was vandalized over the weekend with substantial graffiti of a racist, antisemitic, homophobic and sexual nature,” Bear Creek Principal Lisa Birk wrote in the letter. “The graffiti, done with heavy black marker, was found on our front entry sign leading into our parking lot, on various signs in the front and on the side of the school, on a large playground wall, and on a play structure.

Photos provided to Central Oregon Daily News show the graffiti included use of slurs against Black and gay people. There were also swastikas, a reference to Adolf Hitler and a drawing of male genitalia.

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Anyone who has any information call non-emergency dispatch and refer to the following case numbers.

  • 2023-00026497 (Bear Creek Elementary)
  • 2023-00026486 (Ensworth Elementary)

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