SFPD investigating graffiti at French school as possible hate crime

San Francisco police are investigating graffiti discovered at a French school in Hayes Valley on Tuesday morning as a possible hate crime.

The graffiti, believed to be a symbol for the group Five Percent nation that is related to the Nation of Islam, was spray-painted on a wall of the schoolyard at French American International School located at 150 Oak St., said Robert Movradinov, a spokesman for the school.

It was first found by a staff member at about 6:30 a.m.

“We get graffiti from time to time, but the symbol – particularly in light of what happened last week – did awaken some concern, which is why we reported it to [police],” Movradinov said, referring to Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

Police believe the graffiti was spray-painted sometime overnight, and the SFPD Special Investigation Division is investigating to determine whether the incident was a hate crime.

Anyone with information about the graffiti is asked to call the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text A Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”

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