By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times
Police are investigating the spray-painting of graffiti that included profanity and at least one threatening message on the Eupora High School campus.
The vandalism was discovered and reported to the Eupora Police Department about 10:50 p.m. Jan. 9, according to Webster 911 and EPD reports. Police Chief Gregg Hunter said school surveillance camera footage indicates that the crime occurred between 8-9 p.m. that day, when it was raining. Two unidentified people seen on the video footage during that time are believed to be responsible, he said.
EPD photos show that the vandals, using red paint, spray-painted graffiti on the newest high school building (annex) and the cafeteria, including the front doors. Messages were also painted on parts of the other high school building and the front doors on the east wing of the Central Office Building (old high school).
Additionally, they spray-painted graffiti on a school pickup parked nearby, a couple of school buses parked by the band hall , the band hall air-conditioning unit and a trashcan. Besides profanity-laden phrases, the graffiti include messages such as “I hate the Eagles,” “I hate EHS” and “I’ll kill you.”
The vandals caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, Hunter said. All of the graffiti has been removed except for some paint on the brick that will require removal by an outside company, according to school officials.
“We’re analyzing the surveillance video,” said Hunter, who added that both of the people seen on the footage were wearing dark clothing, including one with a hooded gray shirt.
Hunter also confirmed that on New Year’s Eve, someone turned on fire hydrants by the band hall and at the Whites Creek Lake Park pavilion, which he said could be related to last week’s vandalism.
A reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the spray-painting incident, Hunter said. Anyone with information about the vandalisms is asked to call the Eupora Police Department at 258-4121.