Frisco Liberty High School vandalized with graffiti
The Liberty High School athletic complex and multiple school buses were vandalized between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Photo by Kaitlin Pennell.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 12:24 p.m. Feb. 28. It has been updated to include additional information from Frisco ISD.
Frisco ISD's Liberty High School was vandalized between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with profane writing and pictures of genitalia drawn in spray paint.
The graffiti messages implicated students from Frisco ISD's Heritage and Centennial high schools, as the schools' names were written. The graffiti also referenced the three schools' sports rivalries.
Football was specifically mentioned in several of the graffiti messages, with comments made about Liberty's head football coach and the fact that the school didn't make the state's UIL playoffs.
The athletic complex of Liberty High School was the sole building vandalized. Several doors of the complex and at least two school buses used for Liberty's sports teams were vandalized in the incident.
Liberty, Heritage and Centennial have traditionally enjoyed a friendly sports rivalry because of their close proximity -- the three schools are each located within a five-mile radius. Recently, however, the rivalry has "gone bad," one Frisco ISD student said.
The incident took place in the middle of the night, and cameras at Liberty videotaped the entire event and documented the time.
Sgt. Brad Merritt of the Frisco Police Department said investigators are "following promising leads."
Shana Wortham, the school district's executive director of communications, issued the following statement in response to the incident: "We are disappointed in the destruction of school property and we take this type of activity seriously; we will seek full restitution. We appreciate the quick work of the police department in conjunction with school and security personnel in this matter."
Wortham said the graffiti has been removed from the athletic complex but noted some new painting will be required. Cost estimates are currently being gathered so they can be used as restitution in any potential charges.