Walla Walla law enforcement and education official said this afternoon they are investigating an incident of anti-immigrant vandalism at Walla Walla High School.

Superintendent Wade Smith said the Wa-Hi "spirit rock" that had been recently painted for Cinco de Mayo by authorized students was vandalized about 2 a.m. today.

Pictures on social media reveal the large rock that sits on the campus was spray painted with the words "Illegals out."

The rock had been decorated with flowers and words to promote the school's Cinco de Mayo events.

"This type of  vandalism does not stand for who we are as a district, our beliefs around inclusion, and our ongoing efforts supporting tolerance and belonging for all," Smith said in a statement.

"We have already covered the comment and are fully cooperating with Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office to investigate this matter," he said.

"It occurred on our campus, will not be tolerated, and we vehemently denounce this action," Smith added.

Anyone who has information is encouraged to contact the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office 527-3265, the school district at 509-527-3000, or via the anonymous Safe Schools Program at 855-976-8772.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

Sheila Hagar has written for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin since 1998. Sheila covers education in the Walla Walla Valley. She also writes a column, Home Place, usually highlighting family life and slices of local life.