Thursday morning, Carpinterians were met with a vandalized Warrior Head statue at Carpinteria High School. Red paint had been thrown or painted over the front of the statue; historically, throwing red paint over an item is a protest act that symbolizes genocide or extinction.
It is not known at this time who vandalized the statue.
Superintendent Diana Rigby asked that anyone with more information about the vandalism contact the school.
“The Warrior Head vandalism is reprehensible and we are reviewing our cameras to identify the perpetrators,” Rigby said.
Lt. Butch Arnoldi confirmed that deputies were at the school as of 9:50 a.m.,taking a report.
The vandalism comes two weeks after the Carpinteria Unified School District board of trustees voted 0–5 to keep the Warrior Head statue in place, after an item on the agenda asked the board to consider redesigning it. The controversial statue has been a subject of heavy debate in Carpinteria in the past. It was first donated to the school by the Carpinteria High School class of 1970.
This article will be updated.