Teens arrested for racist graffiti at high school

Two teenage girls were arrested Friday for vandalizing a Texas high school with graffiti rife with profanities and racial slurs.

According to Plano police, a Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrests of Alexandria Butler and Elizabeth Police, two teens who are students at Lone Star High. Both girls were charged with felony criminal mischief for vandalizing Plano West Senior High School, another school in the area.

The crimes occurred in February when Police, Butler, and another unidentified female defaced Plano West with racial slurs, such as the word “nigger,” vulgar drawings, and profanity.

“There’s a lot of random graffiti,” Plano Police Department spokesman David Tilley said at the time, “Some of it can be considered racial slurs, some that is profanity, [and] some images that are very vulgar.”

Security cameras captured the three girls and recorded them committing the crime. The footage was released in March in order to assist police in identifying the girls.

Tilley noted that creating the graffiti could be considered a hate crime due to the racial slurs it contained.

“When you are dealing with racial slurs, that is something that automatically comes up and is something we do look into to see if it does meet the criteria,” Tilley said. “Because of the dollar damage, it’s a serious offense, either way. Clearly, they have crossed the line, causing this damage, and potentially could be facing a state jail felony charge.”

A warrant has been issued by police for the arrest of the third female, a former student at Plano West.

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