A Little Rock Central High School student has come forward and admitted vandalizing Catholic High School's new football field.
That's according to Catholic High School officials, who say they won't release the culprit's name or prosecute them.
In addition, the student has agreed to do the following:
- pay for the damages
- do community service on campus
- write a 5-page essay about former Catholic High Principal Father Tribou
We are pleased to announce that the individual who spray painted the Catholic High football field has turned himself in and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The culprit is a 16 year-old male from a neighboring school who created a terrible act out of an otherwise great and storied school rivalry.
Catholic High is following through with its statement that it would not prosecute if the individual turned himself in prior to Friday.
However, the individual faces several consequences as determined by the Catholic High School administration:
- He will make full restitution for repair of the field.
- He will give back to the community he took from by performing community service in the form of manual labor on the Catholic High campus.
- He will write a 5 page essay about Fr. Tribou. The essay will be graded by the Catholic High English department. If the boy receives anything below an A, the boy will re-write the essay and include an oral presentation as well.
We sincerely appreciate the administration of Central High School and their student body for their support and kindness throughout this event.
Original story (September 4):
The newly-dedicated field at Catholic High in Little Rock was vandalized. School officials say what was spray painted there is especially cruel.
The school is now offering a $2,500 reward for information. They are encouraging everyone not to point fingers They say if it was a student and if they step forward before Friday, the principal will not press charges, only ask them to pay for what they did.
After Friday, they will let law enforcement take over.
We can't show you exactly what was spray painted on Catholic's brand new field.
It is a vulgar image along with the score of Friday night's game and the words Father Tribou, who was a long-time and beloved principal of the school who died ten years ago.
Football players discovered the spray paint when they came out for practice Monday morning.
It could have happened anytime after 1 in the morning Saturday.
To fix it could require chemicals which may further damage this new turf. To cut out the five by ten yard area and replace it could cost more than $10,000.
Principal Steve Straessle says he's upset and he's not the only one.
"The boys are appalled as well, they have a lot of pride, this is a new field that took a lot of time and sacrifice and to come out just after it was dedicated is to see someone has disgraced it is a tough pill to swallow," Straessle said.
Security cameras were already ordered for this field before this happened. They just hadn't been installed.
Of course, we'll let you know if they catch who did it.