3 juveniles expected to be charged in Edina school vandalism case

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EDINA, Minn. -- Three juveniles are expected to be charged in a damage-to-property case at South View Middle School in Edina.

Neighbors called police early in the morning on Aug. 11 after discovering vandals had spray painted the names of the school principal and school nurse amongst curse words, racist remarks and references to drugs.

A crew of custodians was able to use solvents to remove an estimated 30 to 50 graffiti tags by the end of the day. The district called in a professional crew to sandblast words off the brick exteriors.

Edina Mayor Jim Hovland said the city expects three juveniles to be charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

"Edina prides itself on being an inclusive community for all who live, work or visit," Hovland said in a news release. "Community reaction to this incident has been shock, disappointment and concern because of the hateful messages spray-painted on the school by the three juveniles. We will not accept behavior like this that is abusive, intolerant, insensitive or contrary to law."

The city did not indicate if the juveniles attended South View Middle School. There is no word on when the Attorney's Office will decide on formal charges.

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