Wednesday May 19 2010
Students chipping in to clean up school
By: Amanda Calzada, Placer Herald Correspondent
When Rocklin High students arrived to school Friday morning, their campus looked incredibly different than it had when they last saw it. “Worst I’ve seen in the 18 years I’ve been here,” said principal Michael Garrison. Almost every building and part of the school had been graffitied, including the mosaic heights of the library that read “Justice” in bold purple spray-paint. “Spray painting ‘justice’ does not make them justified,” said Rocklin High senior Alicia French. The mosaic mural was a gift from the first graduating class of Rocklin High, 1997. The vandalism is estimated to have been done between midnight and 6 a.m. Friday morning. The worst graffiti was covered up with pieces of poster paper, but students still saw some of the vandals’ work, which included “you will never get me” and a bold scribble that screamed “Rocklin High discrimination!” One current Rocklin High student’s last name was spray-painted numerous times over buildings as well. The graffiti also included profanity, vulgar pictures, “mushroom power” and marijuana leaves. Janitors immediately began to work on covering up the graffiti using spray paint remover and acetone to remove paint from the windows. Students were also quick to respond. Students without a last block class volunteered to go and help out around the campus by painting and washing windows. Some teachers even allowed students to join the efforts during fifth period. “It showed our sense of school pride when everybody worked together to help clean up,” said Rocklin High junior Jacob Penney. The team, however, consisted of more than janitors and current students. Rocklin alumni from the class of 2007 volunteered to help after hearing what had happened. Garrison said that if the suspects are caught, their consequences could include expulsion and of course, paying for the damages. On Friday, students sent e-mails to the administration saying that they wanted to raise money for restoration of the campus. The school district has also offered a monetary reward for anyone who can present the names of the delinquents. The student body is still active in helping repair the damages. Activities director John Thompson, collected donations during lunch. “It shows how much the people at RHS look beyond themselves and are there for each other,” said senior class vice president Lauren Bloemker.