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HIGHLAND HIGH STUDENT ARRESTED IN SCHOOL FIRE, TAGGING 2 OTHERS SOUGHT; CAMPUS DAMAGE SET AT $90,000.



Byline: KAREN MAESHIRO Staff Writer

PALMDALE -- One Highland High School Highland High School or Highlands High School may refer to:

In the United States:
  • Highland High School (Gilbert, Arizona)
  • Highland High School (Bakersfield, California)
  • Highland High School (Palmdale, California)
 student was taken into custody Tuesday and two more were being sought on suspicion of spray-painting graffiti graffiti

Form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Technically the term applies to designs scratched through a layer of paint or plaster, but its meaning has been extended to other markings.
 and setting a fire that caused $90,000 in damage to the campus.

Vandals who got onto the campus early Tuesday spray-painted walls, doors, windows and school vehicles with the name of their tagging crew as well as their nicknames, which helped school officials link them to the crime.

The 16-year-old student in custody confessed after he was turned in by his mother, who had brought him to school tardy tar·dy  
adj. tar·di·er, tar·di·est
1. Occurring, arriving, acting, or done after the scheduled, expected, or usual time; late.

2. Moving slowly; sluggish.
 and recognized a moniker (1) A name, title or alias. See alias.

(2) A COM object that is used to create instances of other objects. Monikers save programmers time when coding various types of COM-based functions such as linking one document to another (OLE). See COM and OLE.
 in the graffiti, sheriff's deputies said.

``She came to school and saw the tagging and knew it was his. She saw his nickname,'' Deputy Chris Deaville said.

Of the two others being sought, one is a current student and one had been suspended from Highland, Deaville said.

The vandals lit trash cans In the Macintosh, a simulated garbage can used for deleting files and folders. The trash can keeps the files intact in case the user wants to restore them, but can be "emptied" from time to time to save disk space.  on fire, which spread to a snack bar room. The fire knocked out power to a building next to the snack bar that houses administrative staffers for the special-education program.

A neighbor reported the fire before 5 a.m., said Kenny Bryant, the school's security director.

Several school vehicles were scrawled on, including vans and a maintenance truck. One window of a van was broken, and an employee's car in the auto shop also was tagged, Bryant said.

The incident was bad timing for the 3,500-student school, which Tuesday hosted a team of 40 administrators from other schools, who were there to help Highland's staff improve student learning and achievement.

Principal Stacy Bryant said she was approached by students before classes who began inquiring inquiring,
v to draw information from a client—whether by verbal questioning or physical examination—to assess the person's state of health.
 whether they could help clean up the graffiti.

``Before the bell rang for first period I had kids come up to me and say, `We want to help. This is not what we do. This isn't what Highland students do,''' said Stacy Bryant, no relation to Kenny Bryant.

``Our kids respect the school. It's like a safe zone,'' Stacy Bryant said. ``With the influx of students from other places, we've got a different element coming.''

Kenny Bryant said the suspects were identified quickly because the school keeps on file examples of tagging found on notebooks or backpacks that have been confiscated con·fis·cate  
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.

2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.

adj.
.

``Within a half-hour, we identified one of the taggings as belonging to an individual who is part of the crew,'' Kenny Bryant said. ``If no one knows who you are, you don't get the glory and fame for what you did.''

karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com

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(1 -- color) Antelope Valley Union High School District The Antelope Valley Union High School District (A.V.U.H.S.D.) is located in the Antelope Valley area of California, in northern Los Angeles County.

The district includes eight public high schools, one trade school, and two continuation high schools in the cities of Palmdale
 painter Ralph Boxton cleans graffiti from the Highland High School math building that was put there by vandals.

(2 -- color) Painter Mike Verdaasdonk cleans graffiti from a Highland High School classroom door. Damage to the campus from a fire and tagging was estimated at $90,000.

(3) Highland High School photography class members take pictures of a barrel set afire Verb 1. set afire - set fire to; cause to start burning; "Lightening set fire to the forest"
set ablaze, set aflame, set on fire

combust, burn - cause to burn or combust; "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
 by vandals.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer
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