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Volunteers clean up graffiti after Salish school break-in

Blurred out graffiti found at the Salish School

Volunteers clean up graffiti after Salish school break-in


By Elizabeth Backstrom and Elizabeth Schindler

A volunteer cleanup crew of more than 200 people joined staff at the Salish School of Spokane on Saturday to help paint over racist graffiti found on the walls and whiteboard May 4. Attendees included City Council President Ben Stuckart and Rep. Andy Billig, as well as leaders of the Colville and Spokane tribes.

The school, which operates a childcare center, ECEAP center, and provides Salish language classes, currently does not have security cameras, and staff said they don’t know how vandals entered the building.

Representatives from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane plan to donate a security system to the school.

Police are investigating the incident, one of a string of recent hate crimes in Spokane, including anti-Semitic slurs found painted on the Community Building downtown and vandalism at the Martin Luther King Center.

Elizabeth Backstrom

About Elizabeth Backstrom

Elizabeth Backstrom majored in journalism at Western Washington University and currently works as a content analyst and grant writer in Spokane. Her background is in newswriting and features, but if an overabundance of caffeine is consumed, she has been known to write a humor piece or two. Backstrom attended various Christian churches growing up in Spokane and currently attends First Covenant Church, an inner-city ministry in downtown Spokane.

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Liz Schindler

About Liz Schindler

Liz Schindler studied Peace Studies at Whitworth University and lived in an intentional community during her time there. She is passionate about community development, children and hospitality.

While she grew up Quaker, she is a Lutheran and a member of Salem Lutheran Church. She lives in West Central Spokane with her husband Neal, son Oliver and their two cats.

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