Students, teachers and staff walked onto the Tokay High School campus Friday morning and found it vandalized with vulgarities in rival red.
At approximately 7 a.m., students and school administrators arrived to find boastful and offensive phrases written on classroom windows in red window paint, as well as toilet paper, red string and confetti strung out on the campus, according to English teacher Emily Epperson.
"Many students saw the things written and are offended by the derogatory and hateful comments," she said in an email. "It is actions like this that caused the division to be split years ago."
No one has been questioned regarding the vandalism, though Lodi High School Principal Bob Lofsted said administrators will be "keeping their ears to the ground."
Lofsted said he had emailed Tokay Principal Erik Sandstrom to apologize for the incident.
According to Lofsted, vandalism is a criminal act, and those found responsible will be given a police citation and face suspension.
"We cannot control what a select few choose to do in the wee hours of the morning," he said. "But we will do what we can to make sure students understand that this is not OK."
Lofsted added that vandalism at both schools used to be more prevalent when the football teams were competing in the same league.
"When things like championships were on the line, things could escalate," he said. "This has been going on for some time. But that does not mean it is right."
Within a half-hour of discovering the vandalism, Tokay staff members said school maintenance crews had cleaned up the campus.
Sandstrom did not return calls seeking comment on the vandalism.
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