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Former West Hills Student Arrested for Alleged Vandalism on Campus

Extensive vandalism and vulgar graffiti caused a delay in the start of school on Thursday.

A former student of was arrested on Thursday for allegedly covering the campus with vulgar, racist and homophobic graffiti, causing several thousand dollars worth of damage.

Staff members arriving for work at Santee's West Hills High Thursday morning discovered the red and white spray-painted slogans and symbols, including a swastika, according to Sgt. Craig Johnson.

"The was extensive and spread throughout the entire campus, and delayed the start of school," Johnson said.

The suspect, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was taken into custody later in the day.

-City News Service

Bryceson Cabading October 14, 2011 at 01:40 AM
I'm glad. I hope this never happens at Santana.
buzidebbee October 14, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Dang just start school. Oh my the kiddies might see bad stuff! Probably prove to be a better education to SEE what he did wrong and open a dialog about it. Give those young people some credit.
Kathy October 14, 2011 at 03:00 AM
There is no benefit in giving any extra attention to criminals, then needed. Most of the time, the kids that do immature and irresponsible criminal acts, are usually crying out for attention. They usually have no parental supervision or even parents that care about them. It is sad that kids like this only receive the Justice System Attention. Negative Attention is often better then No Attention, for these type of kids.
Evelyn Trivoli October 14, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Maybe the community will find out who he is when he's spending days on campus with a hose, washbucket, and paint brushes. It's too bad that someone with time on his/her hands and apparently no positive adult influences, chooses to spend his/her time this way. I look forward to hearing a public apology, and that he and his family are making financial arrangements to pay for the damage. Accountability and making restitution can teach some important lessons.
Celina Beach October 14, 2011 at 03:22 AM
When my middle daughter we to West Hills (about 7 years ago) it was a great school with kids who really cared about the school and the campus (I heard all about how not to "disrespect the wolves" at PACK Day). I started seeing the 'decline' during my youngest daughter's tenure there - I wonder what happened? So sad...
Celina Beach October 14, 2011 at 03:23 AM
When my middle daughter went to West Hills (about 7 years ago) it was a great school with kids who really cared about the school and the campus (I heard all about how not to "disrespect the wolves" at PACK Day). I started seeing the 'decline' during my youngest daughter's tenure there - I wonder what happened? So sad...
Connor Richards October 14, 2011 at 03:42 AM
It should be noted that this student was an individual that had been expelled from West Hills, not an alumni. The term "former student" represents purposefully vague information provided to the media, but conversations with district staff have yielded the same name as students' initial suspicions, an individual with a lengthy history if disciplinary problems that had been expelled prior to this incident. Many students know exactly who the individual is and are irate over the incident.
Kathy October 14, 2011 at 03:52 AM
If the same criteria applies to when my kids were in H.S., any child could go to West Hills, as long as they were in the Grossmont H.S. District and the school had room. I believe the decline at West Hills & Santana is mainly due to undesirables from out of our area, that were expelled from their area H.S.
Kathy October 14, 2011 at 03:55 AM
I figured that out, since he was a minor. Most kids that graduate from H.S. are 18 or close to. Unfortunately, the law will not force him to clean his graffiti, his parents will be fined, only if they can afford it, he will have to do community service, close to where he lives. I say, just put him in one of our Parks with all of the Santee Residents, we will take care of him.
Bryceson Cabading October 14, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Actually Kathy Santana has not been declining at all. 10 years ago, when my older brother went to Santana, it was a horrible place, lots of bullying, fighting, and ultimately, a killing. But since I've been involved in the peace council these last few years, I've realized we have really been making a difference. There are some rough spots here and there, but for the most part the school community is very nice and respectful. However, I am no fan of the Santana administration; they have absolutely no idea what they are doing.
Steve October 14, 2011 at 05:17 AM
A few bad eggs do not represent the entire school. Having kids at WH we have had a great experience. The kids I have been around, for the most part, have been very respectful. I think the good kids out number the bad.
Ellen McGuire October 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM
Bryceson,actually 10 yrs ago Santana was not a bad place. There was a problem group,of which Andy was associated . In other words...his own "friends" were the ones that were doing the bullying. And,yes,I do know what I an talking about...I had a son graduate in '99 & one in'02 & I was the PTSA president & was on campus a lot. Most of the kids were good kids. We also had an awsome staff & administration. Unfortunately, Andy's selfish actions,caused many of them to have to retire or switch to other campuses, because their grief was too hard to handle. Also,don't forget about the students,it changed their lives,forever! I still freeze when I hear a lot of sirens & a firecracker (let alone a gun shot) will send me straight up out of my chair.The only good that came out of that day,was the unity of the students,faculty & whole community. Put the blame for those deaths & injuries where they belong...on Andy's parents & "friends". One last thing,since you said you were on the Peace council, I think it was terrible the way the Peace council treated the students,former faculty & parents on the 10yr memorial of March 5th. The people who NEEDED to grieve & get closure were told they were not welcome at the memorial ceremony. How many of the 3-8 yr.olds really cared about what happened? Those who really cared were basically "kicked to the curb"! Shameful!
Kathy October 14, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Very well said Ellen. I made a scrapbook album for my son's high school years and there is one piece in his album that still brings me to tears; a copy of the article in Union Tribune, "Jason calls 911", that was my son. I know I along with every student, parents, sibling, teacher and anyone else involved that day, can never forget that horrible feeling. The Peace Council became because of the shooting. I have friends and neighbors that still claim their children see bullying everyday at Santana. I will agree that the Admin that came after the shooting, has not impressed me.
Bryceson Cabading October 14, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Ellen, we planned out the memorial in accordance with the wishes of the families of Bryan Zuckor and Randy Gordon. Those families told us that they would prefer that we set up a private memorial. Ultimately, it was their decision, not ours. We did the best we could to set it up nicely for them. The people who were actually there at the memorial loved it and thought it was very nice. Much better than the mayor's publicity stunt memorial the next day. You are absolutely wrong about people not being invited. Everyone who was a student on that day was invited to the memorial. We did not let the general public in because we did not want prying eyes and we needed to keep the attendance in check. And the funny thing is, despite all the complaints about people not being able to attend, only about 40 or so citizens attended the public memorial the next day.
WHHS October 15, 2011 at 06:22 AM
That a boy Connor. Tell them what's real . Say what you want about west hills , it's history of academic success and student faculty cooperation far exceed that of the reputation of Santana. While Santana is better it still lies In the shadow of it's neighbor to the west and will continue to do so for many years
Bryceson Cabading October 15, 2011 at 02:15 PM
"While Santana is better it still lies In the shadow of it's neighbor to the west" How does that even make sense? If Santana is better, how does it lie in West Hills' shadow? If you want to represent West Hills, you aren't doing a very good job.
Zach Cabading October 16, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Santana was undeniably a worse place ten years ago. Remember the Moguls and Rebels gangs? Even a district inspector that I have personally spoken to has spoken poorly of Santana around the time of the shooting. The school suffered from a great divide among different social groups that didn't interact well with each other. The 2000 yearbook had an entire page dedicated to informing students about alcohol use and sexual protection. What is different now is that those barriers have broken down, a new, more tolerant generation of students has come to Santana (social tolerance does improve upon each generation), and that there is more awareness among the students and teachers about the importance of treating others with respect. Although many students do not understand the full emotional weight of the shooting, they do understand why it occurred- bullying, and a school community incapable of dealing with those students. The shooting is engraved into Sultan history- most students understand the importance of being kind to others, even if it is on a subconscious level. This is why we thought it important for current students of our school to be able to attend the ceremony. I am not trying to say that Santana is "better" than West Hills, but it is undeniably a much better place than it was ten years ago.
Zach Cabading October 16, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Speaking of which, with all due respect Ellen, I strongly disagree with your opinion over how Peace Council handled the ceremony (the club, by the way, was formed two years prior to the shooting, but suffered from lack of exposure to the student body). We received a very positive response from teachers and faculty that preferred to pay their respects in private, and we also received positive response from the families of those killed. I understand why the community would want a public ceremony- they got one, and I would even say that it is the responsibility of the City of Santee, not Santana, to provide one. But this idea that the community was somehow betrayed by Santana for being excluded from the ceremony is misguided. They forget that there is many faculty still at our school that experienced the shooting from a much closer perspective, in more ways than one. In fact, I would say that it is rude of the community to infringe upon the privacy of the faculty that was much more involved with the shooting than anyone else. I understand that the shooting had a profound effect on the community, but it had an even more profound effect on our school community, an effect that is still seen in the current student body at Santana. I did think that Mayor Voepel had a great public ceremony, by the way, though I believe it strange that the community which so outlandishly attacked our decision to keep the ceremony private only came 75 strong for the public memorial.
Clark October 24, 2011 at 08:26 PM
It's a shame this happened. I am really disgusted by some of the comments the "adults/parents" have to this story or more so not to this story. Bullying and bad behavior happens at every school around the world. Stop blaming bad behavior on "what school" someone went to and take responsibility for yourselves an your children. How did this article about vandalism at WESTHILLS turn into an argument about Santana between students/alumni and parents. Who's the bully now? It's too bad this has turned into bashing of one school or another. I think the point here is that this type of behavior (vandalism) is not acceptable. The authorities and parents should have some consequences for the minor who did this. I hope this is a lessoned learned for children at ALL schools in the area that there are consequences for bad behavior.....
R.E October 31, 2012 at 02:46 AM
after watching the Dr Phil show and the 2 families on there ...I wasn't sure how I felt about this whole situation until Nick's mother taunted Katie and her mother at the end of the show. Her actions cleared up the whole situation for me. If her son is as condescending, manipulative and immature as his mother; than Katie is 100% redeemed. That put a bad taste I'm my mouth!! And what was up with Nick's mother saying that she is "praying" for Katie & her Mom. No she isn't!!! If she really was she wouldn't have to state it. That was a backhanded slap in the face for Katie & her mother. Those are comments only made if you want them to think you feel sorry for them. Immature!!!

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