On a night meant to celebrate the best of Oakmont High School, seniors who've achieved the most academically, administrators at the Roseville campus are also grappling with the worst -- hate speech scrawled on school buildings.
Four spots have been repainted since the disturbing words were found Wednesday morning.
FOX40 caught up with Oakmont principal Rob Hasty before the student awards ceremony.
"Yeah, it's not something I can talk about right now. So can't talk about it right now. Still investigating," Hasty said.
When asked when he might be able to speak out about what's happened, he suggested it might be soon.
"Uh, I need a couple more days to finish up our investigation, and then I might be able to talk about it more," he said.
According to representatives from the Roseville Union High School District, two of the racially charged words painted on the walls were "white power."
Another was a once derogatory term for whites, now appropriated as a skinhead gang name that starts with a "P."
This incident comes five months after 13 Oakmont students were charged with a hate crime when cotton balls were dumped at the home of a black student along with online taunts explaining that "n-words" should be sent back to the cotton fields.
Before FOX40 could ask students or parents what they thought about a another instance of racial hate affecting their campus, the crew was asked to leave school grounds.
Speaking for the district via statement, Brad Basham, executive director of personnel services said:
“It’s just hate speech and born out of ignorance. It does not represent what Oakmont high school stands for. If we are able to find out who is responsible we will prosecute to the fullest. If it is a student we will give them the appropriate discipline.”
Roseville police are investigating this incident, but have yet to identify any suspects.
District staff said no surveillance camera covered the areas where the hate speech appeared.