AGOURA HILLS (CBSLA.com) —Detectives confirmed Friday that the boys’ varsity basketball team was questioned in connection to racist graffiti targeting black students at Agoura High School.
The remarks, which included “Go back 2 Africa,” were first spotted on school walls over the weekend.
On Wednesday, the names of five black students who would be the “first to die” were written on a bathroom wall.
At least one source told KCAL9’s Amy Johnson that a basketball player scrawled the hateful words in an effort to get a transfer, so he could play for another school.
The freshman/sophomore basketball team, who weren’t questioned, said the situation has hurt their reputation.
“It makes us look like we’re a joke or something like that,” said Reece Chodorow. “Like people want to get out of our school.”
“It brings a bad reputation to our school because of all the negative attention we’re getting now,” said Sean Chism.
Senior Dylan Zimmerman said he’s heard different rumors around campus about the culprit.
“The rumor I’ve been hearing is that it’s an African American,” he said.
Principal Larry Miser said Thursday that he didn’t believe the incident was racially motivated.
“Based on all the information we have right now, based on the threat assessment by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and our own belief of knowing our student body and our community, our school is absolutely safe. We believe that once it comes out you’ll see it’s not a racial thing,” said Miser.
Officials are expected to make an announcement about the case on Monday.