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School Administrators Investigate Vulgar Graffiti at Lee HS in Staunton

Posted: Updated: Apr 22, 2014 05:30 PM
Practice Field at Lee High School Practice Field at Lee High School
STAUNTON, Va (WVIR) -

Vulgar graffiti across the practice field at Lee High School in Staunton is being investigated by administrators and the school resource officer.

Since Monday, employees have spent hours cleaning up the sexual image that spanned about 60 yards of the field. Now students and staff members are standing up to say this will not taint their school.

The culprit, or group responsible, tagged the field between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Monday.

If students end up being responsible for the graffiti, school leaders have the option of expelling them. That would be the most severe punishment, but restitution would be included either way.

There's no cost estimate just yet on what the damage racked up in terms of labor, equipment, and chemicals.

School leaders say they're proud of the students for overall rallying against the actions.

"Certainly like many of-color jokes, people at first might find it to be amusing, but then people see, 'This represents me, and this represents my community.' I'm really pleased to say that a number of our students were extremely upset. They were disappointed that one of their own would think that this was appropriate,” said Linda Reviea, superintendent of Staunton City Schools.

This occurred on the practice field where track and field meets take place, not the football field. There was a sense of urgency with removing the work.

Lee High School is scheduled to host Harrisonburg and Broadway students for a track meet Wednesday afternoon. It looks like the quick attention will keep the sports teams on schedule.

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