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 written in-between the word “TROJANS,” the Lassiter’s mascot, on the walls of the stadium.
Parents and school officials speculated as to who the vandals were, many guessed that it was members of the Peachtree Ridge High School football team, who will be facing off with Lassiter this evening for the first round of the state football championship.
Rod Adams, who has a son on the Lassiter football team, said that he was disappointed by the act.
“I’ve been around youth athletics for 15 years, and this takes away from the game. It was unnecessary,” he said of the vandalism.
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 the Lassiter Principal Chris Richie.
Lassiter’s football team will play Peachtree Ridge’s football team at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Lassiter High School, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta.