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Vandals cause $10K in damage at Olathe East High

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An Olathe School District high school has been hit with vandalism.

The school district said Olathe East High School, located on West 127th Street, just east of South Black Bob Road, had extensive graffiti to their utility building and track and field turf Wednesday. Police believe the vandals struck sometime overnight.

Slogans were varied but included "9/11," references to Osama Bin Laden, "Go South" and some highly obscene images and words.

Police recovered some spray paint cans from the scene.

"I saw some graffiti and spray paint on the track and field. It's really sad because that track is used by so many athletes, and we take a lot of pride in it and seeing it damaged is kind of awful," said Kelley Sharp, a member of the Olathe East class of 2014.

Sgt. Bryan Hill with the Olathe Police Department said they estimate the vandalism caused about $10,000 in damage.

"That's crazy. I don't know why anyone would do that, it's a pretty good school," said Anna Borden, who will start her junior year this fall.

Police said they are interviewing possible witnesses all over town as they try to catch the vandals.

"It's not something you do. You have to put yourself in other people's shoes, realize other people are going to have to pay for this and it's useless," said Alec Borden, a member of the Olathe East class of 2014.

One family who lives behind the school is wondering if the vandals are the same ones who hit their house. Denice McCollugh recently filed a police report after an anarchy sign was spray-painted on her home.

"A lot of things go on up there while we're at work," she said.

She said kids smoke and drink on the hill behind the school and don't think of consequences.

"Because we have to pay for it as taxpayers. I think these kids are bored and need something to do," McCollugh said. "They don't realize the repercussions of this is they're going to get in trouble."

She said if it is kids doing the vandalism, they need a better hobby.

The school district said in a written statement, "We are working closely with the Olathe police on this matter. Currently it is an ongoing investigation. We ask anyone with information, to please contact the Olathe Police Department."

Police said vandalism is a felony and the punishment depends on the person's criminal history.

Click here to go to the Olathe citizens online police reporting system. To report gang activity or graffiti in the city, call 913-971-6766.

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