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Racially motivated graffiti, vandalism at Proctor elementary prompt investigation

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PROCTOR, MN-- Vandalism at Bayview Elementary School in Proctor over Memorial Day weekend poses questions for school officials as they look to find the culprit(s).

Racial slurs, inappropriate name-calling, and harmful phrases targeting specific children was plastered on the school's property Monday.

The vandals also ripped up plants in the student garden and broke habitat centers the students made.

Teachers and school staff washed the graffiti off before students returned to school this week.

However, some were sickened by the news.

Second grade teacher, Julie Lyscher, helped fix the destruction left behind.

"I was just heartsick, the kids have worked so hard," said Lyscher. "We planted corn and peas and radishes, took care of them for two months in this building. We were just very sad."

Superintendent John Engelking says he is still determined to figure out who's responsible for the damage done.

Engelking is asking that people go to the Duluth Police Department or Proctor Public Schools if they learn any new information about the incident.

"It's our school community so damage to one part of the school community is damage to everybody," Engelking said.

The school does have surveillance footage which they surrendered to the Duluth Police Department.

Engelking couldn't point to any specific measures yet for district plans to address the children named in the graffiti.

This is still an ongoing investigation. Check back for updates.

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