Lassiter High stadium defaced with graffiti
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Members of Lassiter High School’s football team were surprised Friday morning when they showed up at the school’s stadium, which had been vandalized overnight. <br>Special to the MDJ
Members of Lassiter High School’s football team were surprised Friday morning when they showed up at the school’s stadium, which had been vandalized overnight.
Special to the MDJ
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MARIETTA — Members of Lassiter High School’s football team were surprised Friday morning when they showed up at the school’s stadium, which had been vandalized overnight.

The large, blue letters, “PR” were spray-painted onto the doors of the school’s Field House, and “you ain’t ready” was written on the side of the stadium walls.

“LIONS” was also written in-between the word “TROJANS,” Lassiter’s mascot, on the walls of the stadium.

Parents and school officials speculated as to who the vandals were, and many guessed it was members of the Peachtree Ridge High School football team, which faced Lassiter on Friday night for the first round of the state football playoffs at Lassiter.

Rod Adams, who has a son on the Lassiter football team, said he was disappointed to see the stadium defaced with graffiti.

“I’ve been around youth athletics for 15 years, and this takes away from the game,” he said. “It was unnecessary.”

Adams said he could not remember if the two schools’ football teams have ever played each other before.

School board member David Banks said the school system “doesn’t tolerate” any sort of vandalism, as it is seen as the destruction of public property, which is paid for by the taxpayers.

“When someone vandalizes public facilities, they vandalize the community,” Banks said.

Doug Goodwin, a spokesman for the district, said “the authorities will pursue, identify and hold accountable those responsible for the vandalism.”

As of noon Friday, 90 percent of the graffiti had been removed, according to Lassiter Principal Chris Richie.

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