A former student at the New York State School for the Deaf pleaded not guilty in City Court on Tuesday to spray-painting graffiti on school grounds.

Jeremy G. Lloyd, 30, of Syracuse, pleaded not guilty before Judge John C. Gannon to a charge of making graffiti, a misdemeanor, according to court officials. .

Police said at 4:28 p.m. June 14, Lloyd spray-painted the message “Stop Racism Black Deaf Candidates” on the driveway entrance to the parking lot at the School for the Deaf on Turin Street.

School officials told police that Lloyd was a former student who had applied for a job at the school last summer.