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Fourth suspect charged with racist and anti-Semitic vandalism at Blue Valley High School

A fourth person, 18-year-old Wade Schemenauer of Kansas City, was arrested after Blue Valley High School was vandalized with racist and anti-Semitic messages.

Schemenauer, who was jailed in the Johnson County Jail on Monday and released on $2,500 bond, is facing burglary and property damage charges, along with three other teenagers. Last week, two Overland Park teenagers, ages 16 and 17, and a 16-year-old from Excelsior Springs, were charged over their alleged involvement in vandalizing the school’s soccer stadium and press box overnight. School officials discovered the damage on Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Star does not name the boys because they are minors.

School officials and community leaders have widely condemned the vandalism as an act of hate. Videos and photos showed racial and homophobic slurs, a swastika and other offensive language spray-painted inside the press room.

“Knowing that I have to attend high school after this heinous action is extremely upsetting to me as an openly Jewish student,” said Blue Valley High School student Emma Sandler.

The stadium, next door to the high school at 6001 W. 159th St. in Overland Park, was closed the following Tuesday while district officials assessed the damage.

The allegations were the result of an investigation by the Overland Park Police Department.

Schemenauer is due to appear in court at 1.30pm on February 8.

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