In the news, you see more and more articles about graffiti on and in school buses. Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Washington, recently had 25 buses spray painted with graffiti.
School districts have found several reasons why people would display graffiti on school buses. It could be retaliation for discipline that the students have been given, from rival schools in response to sporting events that did not go in their favor, or just to display their art in a way where it might be seen by many. To remove the graffiti, districts have found that nail-polish remover is one of the most effective items they can use. Depending on the amount of graffiti, it takes a lot of bottles to remove all the paint! Either way, this happens more than school districts would want it to. Installing cameras on the grounds where the buses are parked is helping identify the perpetrators.
Districts are also finding where students are writing or drawing on the inside walls of the bus or on the backs of the seats. School districts having this problem are starting to either have assigned seating or dismissing the students one row at a time and inspecting the areas as they leave.
Hopefully these tactics will curtail this problem.