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Blaine High School sign vandalized for graduation

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BLAINE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Blaine High School has removed vandalism from its main entry sign, which had been spray painted with the phrase, “Nigga we made it.”

The sign references a lyric from the Drake song “We Made It,” and has been popping up at high school campuses around the country as a senior prank.

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Students are offended and school leaders are not taking the act lightly -- and neither are Blaine police, who say whoever is responsible for spray painting the racial term will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Some want to dismiss the incident as a mere prank, but others say the vandalism meant far more than a harmless song reference.

"It's not okay to ever use it, but it's been used so much people don't even find a problem with it anymore," sophomore Wayne Doe said. 

When Principal John Phelps learned his school had been defaced with a racial epithet, he took immediate action.

"It's inappropriate. It doesn't belong," Phelps said. "I don't blame them for being furious."

The troubling graffiti was removed before class was back in session on Tuesday, but not before photos circulated on Twitter. 

"We're still adding up the costs," Phelps said. 

Whether a person considers the term racially charged or not, the disregard for the deep-seated history of the word is blatant -- and that's a foul Doe cannot overlook.

"When people use that word, it still brings back that derogatory term -- so for the people that do feel that it's okay, you're still impacting people that don't," he said. "So, it's just best that nobody uses it."

After reviewing Monday's security video, Phelps said he does not believe the suspect is a Blaine High School student. Meanwhile, some members of the Blaine community are working with police to offer a $1,000 reward to help catch the culprit.

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