Thanks VA for labeling them as what they really are: Vandals, instead of the earlier term of taggers. I think this conveys the seriousness. It's so pathetic when people don't respect others property. I'm glad to see that it looks like the criminals aren't going to get away with just a slap on the wrist, since it has been upgraded to a felony.
And it's good to be a gansta!!!!!!!! Just decipher it and it will lead you right to the culprit(s)......
The guilty should also have to clean up any graffiti around the city and that should go for anyone caught tagging
Great idea Beakus and I think their parents should have to be there to supervise! If the parents were more involved and knew where their kids are this might not happen!
If the guilty are caught, and they are in fact students, consider their punishment being something that will be humiliating to them and a bit of satisfaction for the people of Victoria. My suggestion would be to make the guilty, and I'm assuming that it would be more than one, to be the designated East HS boy's restrooms custodians. Their primary punishment would be to clean the men's bathrooms urinals, comodes, sinks, floors every week until the end of this school year. After school community service work so to speak. Maybe by the end of the year they would have a working skill and at the same time give other gangsta wantabes something to think about.
I was happy about students' responses to the graffiti - they are equally as upset as the adults. It was really nice to know that they appreciate VEHS and the building itself enough to be angry. Comments ranged from remarking at how stupid the vandal is; some were calling him or her weak and a coward (they used another word); another student thought the culprit should "get the chair" (I'm sure metaphorically). The best reactions though were from students who made comments like, "They [the community] gave us something nice and look what he did to it." One student complained that "it makes us look like we're ghetto." His words, not mine. Some kids made a point of saying that it's a small town, and eventually, the kids will find out who did it. Even though it's unsightly, it was kind of cool seeing the kids and the adults on the same page and knowing that we all have school pride - well, all of us except for one.