Students at Berkeley High in Berkeley, Calif. walked out of class on Thursday to protest racist messages found around their campus.
According to ContraCosta Times, 1500 students protested after messages were found on the library computers.
A 15-year-old did confess to posting the slurs and has since been turned over to juvenile probation.
“I think it’s terrific to be able to find out, and rare to solve something like this on the same day,”Berkeley police Officer Byron White said.
The message left on the computers were made to look like an official school web page, and made references to the Ku Klux Klan and lynchings, used a slur to describe African-Americans, and included the phrase, “public lynching December 9th 2015.”
Members of the Black Student Union at the high school issued a statement and were appalled.
“This is an act of blatant terrorism toward the black students and staff members at Berkeley High,” the statement said. “The BSU is disappointed that this happened, but we are not surprised.”
The group’s leaders said that recent incidents — including a noose found on campus and a racist statement published in last year’s yearbook — too often have been ignored by officials.
“We will not allow this to be trivialized like these other horrific instances,” Black Student Union leaders wrote.