LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - Vandals sprayed green and orange paint on the $700,000 football turf. Cleanup crews were hoping that the chemicals used to wipe away the paint wouldn't damage the field. Harrison County School District Athletic Director Bobby Trosclair says the clean up should take about two days.
The football field house, along with other school buildings, was sprayed with obscenities, and the vandals punched holes throughout the green house. Larry Benefield, Director of Supportive Services for the Harrison County School District, says he hopes this incident will be a onetime event.
"A lot of stuff, rivalry type stuff between schools," said Benefield. "They did do a lot of damage to one of our greenhouses, probably $6,000 to $9,000. They wrote on the vo-tech building, several other buildings."
Gaping holes were punched through the sides of the greenhouse and on the roof. Plants were also thrown throughout the inside of the greenhouse.
Harrison Central kicks off the 2014 football season on August 22, in Lyman hosting Stone High. There was no physical damage to the field turf, and the game won't be delayed.
The letters "W-H" and obscenities were sprayed in orange and green colors, which are related to West Harrison High School. That's why Benefield says it could be a rival thing between arch rival schools. He said that was only speculation.
"Just bad timing, there's no good time," said Benefield. "We're trying to get school going and get things cleaned up and for vandals to do something like this, it's really inappropriate."
Unfortunately, the school's cameras were not operational after lines were cut during renovations at the high school.
Benefield said the Harrison County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.