Gang symbols spray-painted on Edwards school |

Gang symbols spray-painted on Edwards school

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS ” “Sur 13” and “Norte” were spray-painted an outside wall of Red Canyon High School earlier this week, authorities said.

A teacher found the graffiti Tuesday morning on an outside wall of the building near the wastewater treatment plant in west Edwards where students are having classes while a new school is built.

The words were probably spray-painted sometime after 7:30 p.m. Monday, said Principal Wade Hill.

“Sur 13” is a symbol for a street gang known as “Sureno” or “Sureno Trece.” “Sureno” means “southerner” in Spanish.

Some kids in Eagle County say they are in gangs, but the Sheriff’s Office does not believe that any organized gangs exist here, she said.

“I would stress that they represent themselves” as being gang members, said Shannon Cordingly, a spokeswoman from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Students were disappointed that the school was vandalized, Hill said.

He didn’t think that Red Canyon students committed the vandalism, he said.

“We’ve never had any issues or gang violence in our school,” he said.

The letters were about “four or five” feet tall on one wall along with other “gibberish,” he said.

“I’m disappointed that it happened,” Hill said.

The new Red Canyon High School should be finished by January 2008. Earlier this year, the school board approved $640,000 to be added to the $1.5 million construction budget to cover rising construction costs.

The new facility wasn’t on the original $128 million school bond approved in November, but the school board decided to build the school after getting a better than anticipated deal on the premium bond sale.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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