CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (KTVU) - Hateful racist words and Swastikas written on the back and side of a pick-up truck were found by officials at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley Monday morning.
The truck is the property of the district and was parked near the basketball courts.
"The graffiti was racist and anti-Semitic," said Alameda County Sheriff Sgt. Ray Kelly.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Authorities say the writing on the truck appears to be done with a Sharpie marker. Deputies believe those involved may be underage. Three months ago investigators say similar writing appeared on the campus of Castro Valley High School.
"We had another incident that also had very similar language written on a pole in a quad at the Castro Valley High School and the language is similar," said Kelly.
The district has yet to respond to this latest case. After the incident in June, Castro Valley Unified Superintendent wrote this.
"We are deeply disturbed by the incidents involving racist graffiti at Castro Valley High School this past week. When our African American students are attacked, we are all attacked." "Hate speech such as that displayed at Castro Valley High School last week has no place in our school community. This sort of racist graffiti results in great harm and has no place in Castro Valley."
However, with this recent incident, it has happened yet again and investigators believe both cases may be connected.
"We want to reassure families that our officers are patrolling the schools. That they're no known threats," said Kelly.
Deputies are reviewing surveillance video in the area of the middle school. If you know anything about this case you're asked to give them a call.