Vandalism disgusting

Staff Editorial

Unfotunately, Cal High lived up to its reputation of being the most “ghetto” school in the district on May 18.

Sleepy students strolled onto campus that morning, only to see the beautiful white walls of the main building, event center, and technology building covered with obscene and hideous graffiti.

The graffiti raised eyebrows not just for its profanity, but for its messages targeted at administrators, mainly those who are female.

Between the poorly-done phallic drawings, which looked like nothing more than asymmetrical ovals attached to two circles, were profane statements and derogatory messages that sexually harassed members of Cal’s administration.

Usually when Cal students pull a childish prank or a stunt of  rebelliousness – like the Class of 2014’s senior pranks – their classmates rally behind them and applaud their wit and audacity.

But this so-called prank crossed the line.

Besides damaging school property and forcing the custodial staff to repaint the walls, the graffiti, at its core, was not even funny. The humor of the vandalism resembles the immaturity of a sixth grader who just learned to cuss.

Those responsible for the vandalism – supposedly one student has already been arrested – should be ashamed.

The actions of Cal students have, historically, resulted in the retraction of privileges. This year, the campus was closed because of concerns of safety. The privilege of allowing seniors to leave campus during lunch was leading to car accidents, tardies, and parent complaints.

Students also were barred from eating lunch in the air-conditioned comfort of the main building earlier this year after other students consistently left a mess of all the floors by not throwing away garbage or cleaning up after themselves.

This left the supersaturated student body, including the senior class, to fight for lunch space outside, all the while avoiding the never-ending California heat.

In the midst of these restrictions, tensions have emerged between the student body and school administration. This incident of vandalism most likely arose from said tension.

But no matter how unjust a punishment may seem, the defacement of property paid for by our parents’ taxes and maintained by a hard-working staff is not an acceptable way to protest or retaliate.

Students are lucky to live in a place where public school is available in such abundance and quality.

With that in mind, students should be just as upset and disappointed as we are that someone would treat our school in such a way.