ALAMO (KCBS) – A hate crime targeting a lesbian elementary school teacher in Alamo is being taken very seriously, according to school district officials.

Authorities say that over the winter break, someone scrawled a sexually offensive and vulgar message on a storage shed at Rancho Romero Elementary School in Alamo. It was aimed at P.E. instructor BJ Byrd, who is a lesbian.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

San Ramon Valley School District spokesman Terry Koehne said the district is working with police. “The principal with the school is continuing to do her own investigation into who was responsible,” said Koehne.

The incident has been categorized as a hate crime by law enforcement officers.

”The teacher has been contacted on numerous occasions by district personnel, and has received numerous communications from the principal as well,” said Koehne.

The anti-gay graffiti was discovered during the winter break. Byrd told the Contra Costa Times, she “does not talk about her sexuality with her students, but does not hide it.”

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