Ethnic slurs and symbols found at Poolesville High School are being investigated as a hate incident by Montgomery County Police.
A school employee called police at about 6 a.m. Monday to report vandalism and theft. An officer who arrived at the school found graffiti on the outside school walls, windows and basketball court. Some of the graffiti that had been spray painted included ethnic slurs and symbols such as “KKK” and a swastika, police said.
Also, a John Deere “Gator” utility vehicle was taken from a locked storage building on school grounds.
Police said the vandalism and theft are believed to be connected since they both occurred between 9 p.m. Sunday and about 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Anyone with information should contact police at 301-279-8000. Those who wish to remain anonymous and qualify for a reward may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or at 240-773-8477.
Anonymous tips can also be provided by typing “MCPD” plus the tip on a cell phone or PDA and texting it to 274637 (CRIMES).