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Suspect identified in Oak Harbor High School graffiti case

Oak Harbor High School was vandalized with graffiti last weekend but it was painted over on Monday.

The police came to take photos of the graffiti, which consisted of symbols but no foul language, said Bruce Worley, executive director for maintenance and operations for the school district.

“We jump right on graffiti because it reminds us people do bad things,” Worley said.

The graffiti occurred in an outdoors area that security cameras can’t see. However, from watching a number of students go back and forth through that area via other cameras, staff members were able to narrow down a list of suspects.

One of the suspects admitted to the vandalism.

The people involved will pay for the damages, including the time used by staff to deal with the graffiti. It took a staff member all day to paint over the graffiti and he will have to go over it again later, Worley said.

“I think they were just trying to get a rise, get some recognition,” Worley said of the students involved.

The campus has approximately 60 motion-activated security cameras that monitor inside and outside the school, including the stadium, sports fields and parking lots, Worley said.

 

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