Vandals spray-painted areas around Lassiter High School Thursday night in advance of Friday’s football playoff game against Peachtree Ridge High School. (Special Photo)
The eve of the opening round of state high school football playoffs turned criminal Thursday night at a stadium that was set to host a Gwinnett football team.
Lassiter High School in Marietta reported spray paint vandalism that tagged areas around the football stadium and school ahead of the Trojans’ game against Peachtree Ridge High School on Friday.
Large, blue letters “PR” were painted on the doors to the field house, while “you ain’t ready” was written along the stadium walls.
“Lions,” the mascot for Peachtree Ridge, was written between “Trojans,” Lassiter’s mascot on the walls of the stadium.
Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said an investigation at the school found no evidence of students being involved.
“This is not something that represents Peachtree Ridge High and if any of the school’s students were involved school leaders would be seriously disappointed,” Roach said in a statement. “This is unacceptable behavior and not the kind of behavior we want associated with any of our schools. The school will continue its investigation and if it does determine that one of our students was involved, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”
The Marietta Daily Journal reported that Lassiter Principal Chris Richie said that 90 percent of the graffiti had been removed by noon on Friday.
Doug Goodwin, a spokesman for the Cobb County School District, said in a statement that it was unfortunate when the spirit of competition crosses the line into a criminal act of vandalism.
“Most likely, the fans will have forgotten this episode by the time the teams take the field tonight,” Goodwin wrote. “But not the authorities who will pursue, identify and hold accountable those responsible for the vandalism.”
Peachtree Ridge defeated Lassiter 58-20.