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Palo Alto middle school vandalized twice

Police don't believe two separate incidents at JLS Middle School are connected

JLS Middle School was vandalized twice in the past week, with "disparaging remarks" against teachers and references to the Black Lives Matter movement spray painted on campus in two separate incidents, according to police.

On Friday morning, the school reported to police that "Black Lives Matter," "Ferguson" and "f— the police" had been spray painted in various locations around the 480 E. Meadow Drive campus, said police Sgt. David Lee.

The graffiti was found on the school's main quad and theater building, on the buildings' walls and also on the ground nearby, Lee said. There were no witnesses, he added.

It cost approximately $1,500 to clean the graffiti, Lee said.

Also, sometime between 3 p.m. on Friday, July 8, and 7 a.m. on Monday, July 11, an unknown person spray painted "offensive words" against teachers on the campus, Lee said. He said he did not know exactly what was written because the school had already power washed it off when police arrived.

No suspects have been identified in either case, Lee said. He did not think the two incidents were connected.

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