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Several buildings covered with graffiti at Kawananakoa Middle School

Buildings tagged with graffiti at Kawananakoa Middle School Buildings tagged with graffiti at Kawananakoa Middle School
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police and the Department of Education are looking for the person or persons who covered several buildings with graffiti at Kawananakoa Middle School sometime overnight Tuesday.

Custodial staff discovered the graffiti when they showed up for work at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

It's not the first time the school has been targeted by vandals or tagged with graffiti. But a staff member said the latest tagging left a mess on campus. 

It was also all the students could talk about after school.

"There's graffiti at the cafeteria, at lower courts," said eighth grader Jensen Woodard.

"All over the wall, everywhere!," other students chimed in.

The DOE said eight buildings were tagged at the Nuuanu campus. Some of the graffiti was graphic, including foul language and vulgar anatomical drawings.

Staffers and some student volunteers spent the morning covering it up as quickly as they could. The graffiti even upset people who live near the campus.

"It's horrible, it's said, you know?" said Jae Call, who visits the park behind the school frequently. "Our community is so nice here, with nice kids. It's kinda heartbreaking. It sets a bad example for the kids."

School officials said students were kept away from where the most graphic graffiti was located until the walls could be painted over. 

There was has an increase in graffiti at the school, but at least one staff member said this was the worst ever. 

Initial work to cover all the offending graffiti was done by 10:30 a.m., according to the DOE.

"Over here, it's been there for a while, it takes a while to cover it up," said Call, pointing to some older graffiti near renovation work at the school auditorium. "But it's nice that they did it so fast."

Because the graffiti was covered up quickly, school officials don't plan to send letters to parents at this time.

Honolulu police have opened a felony second-degree criminal property damage investigation. There was no surveillance camera footage available.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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