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Vandals target Virginia South Lakes school field

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RESTON, Va. -

The first day of class should be all about school spirit, but students returning to Fairfax County's South Lakes High School were met with some disappointing news. Over the weekend their brand new $1.2 million dollar turf fields were vandalized. The booster club worked with the community over the past few years to raise the funding for the fields.

It's not clear how long it will take to clean away the graffiti, or how much it will cost. It included foul language, sexually explicit images, and a likeness of Herndon High School's mascot. It turns out Herndon's field was vandalized last week. Some students say this is likely the result of a high school rivalry taken way too far.

No word on any suspects but Fairfax County Police are investigating whether the incidents are connected and whoever is behind it all will face criminal charges for destruction of property.

Principals sent the following statement to parents in an email:

Criminal vandalism has occurred in recent days at both South Lakes High School and Herndon High School. These were not just innocent pranks. Graffiti was spray- painted on buildings and new turf fields causing extensive damage and requiring an expensive clean up. As discouraging and disappointing as these acts are, they in no way will dampen the enthusiasm and sense of anticipation our staffs and students feel as we begin a new school year. The individuals committing these crimes do not represent our schools or the rich competitive tradition we have between our students, staffs, and communities. They are instead using our schools' names in the most cowardly manner possible.

We are working closely with law enforcement to hold the perpetrators accountable. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.


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