2017-07-13 / Community

Hitler speech blared from NPHS

Trespassers commandeered stadium PA system
By Dawn Megli-Thuna


PRANK? OR SOMETHING MORE?—Newbury Park High School was in the news this week after someone played audio from Adolf Hitler over the loudspeakers at the Panther football stadium. 
ACORN FILE PHOTO PRANK? OR SOMETHING MORE?—Newbury Park High School was in the news this week after someone played audio from Adolf Hitler over the loudspeakers at the Panther football stadium. ACORN FILE PHOTO Police are investigating how Newbury Park High School’s athletic field loudspeakers were commandeered to blast offensive material for two consecutive nights over the weekend.

Neighbors living near NPHS reported hearing late-night audio— including music and at one point what they believed to be a speech by Adolf Hitler—being played over the loudspeakers at the school’s athletic field around 11:30 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., July 7 and 8.

Detective Tim Lohman with the Thousand Oaks Police Department said deputies responded to the campus both nights.

There were no signs of forced entry to the stadium’s press box where the controls to the speakers are located, leaving authorities to suspect that the person responsible had a key.

“We’re going to look into this case to see whether it was just a prank or something more serious,” Lohman said.

As part of the investigation, detectives are contacting witnesses and collecting video surveillance footage to determine who used the audio system.

Audio files provided to the Acorn by neighbors contain the distant sounds of a public address in German. Neighbors who reported the incident to police described it as a Hitler speech.

Police said they had yet to determine what audio played and declined to confirm it was the notorious Nazi dictator but the audio sounds like a recording of Hitler leading a series of “Sieg Heil” salutes.

Lohman said deputies were able to let themselves into the press box where they found a CD that they confiscated and entered into evidence.

Heather Kawai, the communications coordinator for the Conejo Valley Unified School District, said the school and the district are reviewing their security measures but school officials have few details on the incident.

“There is an ongoing investigation of this issue. That’s all we know right now,” she said.

Anyone who has information related to the crime can call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office at (805) 654-9511.

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