Vandalism at new Seymour High School turf could cost thousands t

Vandalism at new Seymour High School turf could cost thousands to fix

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The vandal drew lines inside one of the 10-yard-line markers. The vandal drew lines inside one of the 10-yard-line markers.
School officials worked to clean the paint from the field, but were only able to fade it. School officials worked to clean the paint from the field, but were only able to fade it.
Athletic Director Gary Householder believes the vandal was going to color in the entire 50-yard-line, but must've been deterred in some way. Athletic Director Gary Householder believes the vandal was going to color in the entire 50-yard-line, but must've been deterred in some way.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

SEYMOUR (WATE) - A new football turf was vandalized before the team got to play on it.

The new Seymour High School turf was completed in March, and Friday morning school officials found parts of it spray painted.

They spent much of the day trying to scrub the paint off, but say if it does not come up it could cost thousands to fix it.

"It is frustrating. We take a lot of pride in it, proud to have it. We think it's one of the prettiest fields you'll ever see," said Athletic Director Gary Householder.

Several of the numbers, part of the sideline, even the bleachers were hit.

"I don't think they realized the amount of damage that it is. Some things on the side of the bleachers that was fairly easy to fix, but these numbers are a different story," said Householder.

School officials say each of the numbers is individually sewn into the field.

They have tried scrubbing the paint off some of them, and now it is just faded.

They say if they cannot get all the paint off, it could be several thousand dollars to replace all of them.

"They have to remake them and re-sew them it's going to be several thousand dollars, probably $10,000 plus worth of damage for a couple of cans of paint," said Householder.

It is a field the community and the players say they worked hard for, so they say it is not easy to see it disrespected.

"Pretty excited and then I heard this and I was pretty mad," said Seymour High School football player Daniel Hinson.

"It's something to have a brand new football field and then somebody come do something like that. It's kind of heart-wrenching," said Michael Julian at the White Star Market across the street from the school.

School officials say they do want to see whoever is responsible prosecuted.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
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