Students Circle Donuts, Damage Greenville High School Football Field


By Catalina Trivino

Vandals hit the community of Greenville in the worst place possible this time of year: the football field. And they left behind a huge, expensive mess...

With Greenville High School's home opener next Friday, it's a race against the clock. But the damage to the field is so bad, city officials tell CBS-8 it could take a while before it's ready for play.

"It's a shame that individuals have to find pleasure in something like this instead of going out and doing something that's positive," Said Greenville High School Principal, Joseph Dean.

He's talking about the damage left at Tiger Stadium. Greenville Police officers were patrolling Friday night, when they found a vehicle circling donuts on the football field. And believe it or not, the group accused of vandalizing the fields are students at Greenville High School.

Greenville Police Chief, Lonzo Ingram, says five juveniles were charged with Criminal Mischief and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. The driver was also charged with Driving Under the Influence.

"It's a sad day. I mean, it's sad when kids who go... who are involved in public education, who will damage the public education facilities... it's just a sad day," Said Greenville Police Chief, Lonzo Ingram.

City Officials expect there to be at least $5,000 worth of damages. And Greenville Mayor, Dexter McLendon, is furious.

"I think you can tell from me I am not very happy about this. And they will be paying the city back for all the work that we do on this," Said McLendon.

As long as the field isn't ready for home games, Greenville is paying the price.

"If we can't play this Friday night, we'll lose a lot of money. And they're going to pay us back for whatever we lose. But I will tell you this: we're going to play ball on this field next Friday night. We're going to do whatever we've got to do. If we have to bring a helicopter in here to dry it off, we're going to do whatever we've got to do."

Police are not releasing the names of the students who were involved with the damages, but the good news is the city has already started making repairs on Tiger Stadium.

Although the field is damaged, McLendon says students can still use it for practices, while work is not being done to it. The city is doing its best to have it ready for Friday's home opener.

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