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Vidor HS students arrested for middle school graffiti
VIDOR - KFDM News has learned police arrested two Vidor High School students on felony charges of vandalizing the middle school with graffiti written in several places across the front of the school.
Vidor ISD says the high school students are in juvenile detention and face State Jail Felony charges. If convicted, they could face 180 days to 2 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
"I was just shocked that something like that would happen like that," Lainie Harris, a former student said.
Students and staff had to walk past it when they entered Vidor Middle School Wednesday morning, references to gangs, other markings and drawings of body parts.
"It's just disrespectful. That's what it is. It's disrespectful," Brittany Lewis, another former student, said.
A security officer discovered the markings late Tuesday night, leaving maintenance workers cleaning and the school district searching for the vandals.
"One of our security officers pulled into Vidor Middle School to make his evening check and his headlights illuminated two youth who were painting graffiti on the front of Vidor Middle School," the school district's spokeswoman, Sally Andrews, said.
The vandals got away and left behind their message, stained across the school front.
"I assume that it will have to be sandblasted which is a shame because you know that always costs the taxpayers money," Andrews said.
Maintenance crews worked for hours covering up the graffiti. Because it's the front of a middle school, the vandals could face up to a state jail felony, whether the damages is $1 or $100,000.
"I don't think that would be a very glamorous way to start a life, with a felony conviction on your record," Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows said.
The charge could mean jail time and a fine.
"You wouldn't have your parents want to come home and find that you've done this at your own home. Why would you go to the school and do it?," Shows said.
As the school preps for state testing next week, they're adding a new lesson to their curriculum this week.
"What I hope our students learn from it is before you do something stop and think," Andrews said.
Vidor ISD Superintendent Jay Kilgo sent KFDM News this statement:
"It's a distraction for learning today on the campus. The kid's minds are away from where they should be. Their minds need to be on their school work. It's disrespectful to our taxpayers. We don't have brand new, beautiful schools. But we do take care of what we have. We're proud of our buildings and take care of them. It's disappointing."