School officials on Thursday found racist flyers crammed into lockers at Adolpho Camarillo High School, the seventh time this year that such leaflets have been distributed at campuses in Ventura County.
Authorities suspect the latest incident is related to the others because the flyers are identical. Investigators have no leads or suspects, Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Keith Lazz said.
The flyers were discovered about 7:30 a.m., when students arrived at the school and saw them in their lockers, Principal Terry Tackett said. Officials know they were distributed after midnight Wednesday, because maintenance crews work until then, Tackett said.
The handouts criticize whites who marry members of minority groups and advocate driving minorities out of the United States. The message ends with a Los Angeles County phone number, which leads to a recording that claims affiliation to the White Aryan Resistance, or WAR, a white separatist group.
“The students were very unhappy, very concerned,” Tackett said. “They understand it was the act of a few thoughtless people.”
Tackett said school officials will hire private security guards to patrol the campus late at night.
The flyers began appearing at Ventura County schools in December, when hundreds were found in lockers at Simi Valley High School. Flyers were also distributed at Matilija Junior High School, Westlake, Royal, Buena, Nordhoff and Thousand Oaks high schools this year.
Police arrested Allan Carlson, 30, of Glendale in December at Simi Valley High on suspicion of trespassing and punching a janitor who told him to leave the campus, police said.
Carlson is not being prosecuted for distributing the pamphlets, which are protected by the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of free speech, Simi Valley Police Detective Kathy Vigil said. Carlson’s trial on assault and trespassing charges is pending, Vigil said.