COMPTON (CBSLA) — The president of the Compton Unified School District says an investigation will be launched into racial vandalism at a Compton elementary school.

Staff arrived at Longfellow Elementary Wednesday morning to see “KKK” and swastikas on walls at the school. They immediately covered the vandalism and contacted school police.

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It was a disturbing scene for many, including Compton Unified School District President Micah Ali.

“I have been in Compton my entire life and I’ve never experienced such a heinous act,” Ali said.

“Violence is what I’m calling this. Racial threats against folks of any color, sexual orientation: it’s not gonna be tolerated,” he continued. “We are gonna get down to the bottom of it. We are gonna investigate vociferously — and hopefully bring these folks to justice.”

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Parents agree, and wanted to send a message to those responsible.

“This is a black community [a] Hispanic community. I don’t see why they even come over and do something like that,” one parent said, adding: “If you are watching this right now, I would just say you should just get a life, get a job and figure out something better to do with your time instead of being racist.”

“I’m just really shocked. I mean, I just really just kind of at a loss for words right about now,” another woman added.

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Staff said they are using the vandalism as a teaching moment for children attending the school.