HESPERIA A "senior prank" has led to several Summit Leadership Academy seniors being suspended and banned from senior activities, with a criminal investigation now underway into racist graffiti left on teachers' doors.


"(School staff) was abhorred by the whole event," said Sgt. Colleen Kuhn with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station, who also serves as board president for the para-military high school. "So much that they shut the school down to clean it up."


On April 30, several teachers found racial slurs scrawled on two classrooms. It's unclear if the terms gratified on the classrooms was aimed at any particular teachers.


One parent, identified as Troy Foster, stated in a letter to school administrators that "doodles of small penises" were drawn on the door of an Asian teacher's classroom and the "N" word was used in another incident.


Authorities wouldn't comment on Foster's claims, stating there was still an active investigation into the incident.


The vandalism was part of what officials believe was an organized senior prank that did include some more traditional antics, but it appears a smaller group of students took the annual horseplay too far.


"We're taking this very seriously," Kuhn said.


School and sheriff's officials launched an investigation that resulted in several students being identified and suspended for the vandalism, Kuhn said. They were also banned from all upcoming senior activities including grad night. School officials are still discussing if any of the involved seniors will be allowed to walk with their graduating class during their graduation ceremony at the end of the school year.


"This is something we will not tolerate," Kuhn said.


The incident is still under investigation. Hesperia station officials ask anyone who may have further information to contact the station at (760) 947-1500 or call WeTip (800) 78-CRIME.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.