Gilbert High School replaces graffiti with tiger mural

GILBERT, AZ - Members of the Gilbert High School community came together to turn an ugly sight into something worth looking at.

The Gilbert Police Department said several of the school’s buildings were tagged with graffiti on Thursday. Some of the vandalism included comments and drawings that were racist and vulgar.

However, parents, teachers, students and staff quickly banded together to paint over the graffiti and replace it with a mural of the school's mascot, a tiger.

Police said the vandalism could be connected with Gilbert High's upcoming football game against crosstown rival Mesquite High School. The Gilbert Tigers are scheduled to start their football season Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mesquite, which won last year's matchup by a score of 10-3.

In a statement, Principal Christopher Stroud said the school takes all incidents of vandalism very seriously and is working with Gilbert police to investigate. He thanked the school staff community for coming together, saying the cleanup will take time and effort.

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