More than 50 compact discs filled with racist propaganda were placed on the windshields of dozens of cars in the Sandpoint High School parking lot on Thursday, the school’s Cedar Post student newspaper reported.
The CDs included anti-Semitic documents, racist memes and white supremacist flyers similar to those that have already been distributed in the Sandpoint area this year, the student paper reported.
“We are deeply disturbed by the racist literature someone left at Sandpoint High School,” said Lake Pend Oreille School District Superintendent Shawn Woodward. “At this time, the city police are investigating and are determining whether or not there will be any criminal charges. We know with a high degree of certainty that the literature did not come from one of our students. It appears it was left by a member of our community. When we do find out the identity of this person, we will not allow them to be on any of our campuses moving forward.”
Cedar Post editor in chief McCalee Cain reported that the distribution of the CDs violated school rules requiring permission to be granted for solicitations on school grounds. “There could be some legal ramifications if there’s a future occurrence,” School Resource Officer Spencer Smith of the Sandpoint police told the student newspaper. He estimated that the discs were placed on 20 percent of the cars in the school parking lot on Thursday, between the school’s 1st and 2nd lunch periods.
“The high school is not the appropriate place for them to convey their message of hate,” said Vice Principal Derek Dickinson.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.