Hateful words causing pain and frustration at Clovis High

CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) -- Last week, racist graffiti was found scribbled on the walls of a bathroom and some students say it's part of a bigger problem.

Jaleah Graim, who is the president of the African American Student Union at the school said, "Since I've been at Clovis High, racial comments have been made every single day."

Graim says most of the hate is verbal, exchanged between students face to face but recently, one of them spelled out several offensive messages in a boys bathroom and inside a couple stalls. The school district says it happened at least four times, in less than a week.

"For it to be the end of the year and now they want to be bolder and put it on walls and stuff, instead of continuously saying it to our face, it's the last straw for me," Graim said.

The district isn't taking it lightly either. There's an investigation happening to find the student who's responsible for the graffiti. It's believed to be one person, acting alone, based on the handwriting.

In the meantime, the school is enforcing a "sign out" sheet in the classrooms to keep track of who's using the bathrooms.

Graim says on Monday, the principal reached out to all black students on campus and offered support.

"We need all the support we can get because it's only gonna get bigger," Graim said.

Danielle James who is also a member of the AASU added, "It's hurtful because it's like, what did we ever do to you?"

The school district says there hasn't been any racially motivated fights at the school. Still, James and Graim say they hear the words, some have seen them and they hurt.

"It's not gonna happen," Graim said, "it's gonna stop and it needs to stop and I'm gonna fight."
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