District says just 1 individual facing criminal charges for vandalism of SM East shed

Jay Senter - March 14, 2017 9:00 am
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The Shawnee Mission School District indicates that to date only one individual has faced criminal action as a result of the vandalism of a series of outbuildings on the Shawnee Mission East campus the night before this year’s SM East and SM South basketball games.

The district had initially indicated that it had identified eight to ten individuals who were potentially associated with the incident.

“The investigation revealed numerous individuals present during the vandalism; however, there is only evidence of one individual doing the vandalism,” district Director of Communications Erin Little said in an email Monday. “That individual was an adult and was charged. We are unable to release any additional specific details due to student privacy protections.”

The district did not respond to questions about whether its police department and the FBI had determined whether the incident qualified as a hate crime because of the presence of swastikas and racial language as part of the graffiti on the buildings. It also did not directly comment on whether or how many students had faced punishment at the school level.

SM South senior Kamau Kimaru, 18, is the individual charged in the matter. He was arraigned March 7 and has a no-go court trial scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

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