Olentangy Local School District officials are investigating after racist graffiti was discovered Sept. 5 on a bathroom wall at Liberty High School.

According to a news release from the district, Liberty staff removed the “hate speech” immediately after they became aware of the graffiti.

“Olentangy Local Schools unequivocally denounces hate speech in all its forms and prides itself on the work it does to embrace diversity and ensure a safe school environment,” district spokeswoman Krista Davis said in a statement.

Liberty Principal William Warfield wrote in a message to parents that the incident does not reflect the school’s values.

“We do take pride in the work we do on a regular basis to embrace diversity and ensure a safe school environment and will not tolerate behavior that demonstrates hate or threatens any individual or group of individuals,” he wrote

Warfield appealed to parents and students to report any hateful or threatening speech at the school to district officials.

“We ask that you share what you have seen or heard with an administrator so that we may address it directly,” he wrote. “Liberty High School works hard to ensure a welcoming and safe school environment and can only do that when we all work together and share what we've seen and/or heard.”

District spokesman Devon Immelt said Liberty officials have opened an investigation to determine who wrote the graffiti discovered this week.