SOUTHERN UTAH NEWS: Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Piute, San Juan, Washington, and Wayne counties

American flag vandalized at southern Utah high school

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HURRICANE (News4Utah) – More police officers were at Hurricane High School Thursday while investigating a vandalism incident that police consider a threat.

Police say it happened just after 3 a.m. Thursday at Hurricane High. They say a suspect or suspects took down the American flag in front of the school and replaced it with an ISIS flag. Then they spray painted the building.

“They spray painted ‘ISIS is coming’ on the side of the building,” said Officer Ken Thompson with the Hurricane Police Department. “Our understanding is that our American flag was taken down and desecrated,” said Steve Dunham with the Washington County School District.

Police are trying to determine who did it,and are reviewing surveillance video from the school as well as neighboring businesses.

“Obviously we’re taking it very seriously,” said Thompson. “It’s very strange for us to think an ISIS flag could fly here at one of our schools, very strange. We’re working completely with the Police Department on this. We’re shocked and disgusted,” said Dunham.

Classes remained in session Thursday.

“We’ve had investigators there all day long, and extra officers to try to help students feel safe, and parents feel safe about their students being there,” said Thompson. “We have a great police force. They are here, they are around all of our buildings, and they’re making sure every student goes home safe tonight,” said Dunham.

Hurricane police are requesting anyone with information to call 435-627-4999.

This is the second incident in less than a month at Hurricane High School. In January a racist social media post published by Hurricane High school students was investigated by police as well as the FBI.

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