Pride flag burning at Pacifica school being investigated as possible hate crime

PACIFICA – The burning of a pride flag at a Pacifica elementary school is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police said.

The incident was reported at a city-operated after-school program at Sunset Ridge Elementary School on the afternoon of June 6, according to the Pacifica Police Department.

Officers learned someone had removed a pride flag that was affixed outside a classroom. Police said the flag was found burned the following day on the other side of the campus.

“This type of crime is in strong contrast with the deeply held values ​​the city of Pacifica and community members believe in,” Pacifica police Chief Daniel Steidle said in a statement.

“Crimes involving hate will not be tolerated in our community and will be thoroughly investigated.”

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