PRP students and staff upset by vandals

Kristopher Elder (Source: LMDC)
Kristopher Elder (Source: LMDC)
The vandals spray painted the track.
The vandals spray painted the track.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Vandals spray painted and busted their way around the Pleasure Ridge Park campus this week. Now, a list of repairs is in store for the school.

The good news? Police said they caught the three vandals on the property. The bad news? The school and tax payers will get stuck with the clean-up.

Anyone who knows anything about PRP High School, knows students and staff take pride in their athletics programs and their indoor and outdoor facilities.

The baseball program is one of the best in town. The football stadium was just renovated a few years ago. PRP Cheerleader Courtney Dawson said, "When I think of PRP, I just think of a family and we all support each other."

That is exactly why the family is upset.

"I just think it's disrespectful," she said. "I don't know why people would do that because it's such a rude thing to do." Her friend and fellow cheerleader Miranda Sorrell agreed. "It makes me mad because I don't understand why people would do that, it's such a rude thing to do."

They are talking about what happened Wednesday.

Police said an adult and two juveniles broke into the football field, damaging the track around it and some of the buildings. There is graffiti by way of orange spray paint, holes in the concession stand and the culprits also got onto the school's activities bus and let off a fire extinguisher.

Assistant Baseball Coach Derek Mattingly explained, "PRP purchased that bus and we use it the whole season. Every team in this whole school uses those busses and it's a shame to hear that it was vandalized."

"At some point, some of the individuals broke into the school building itself and set off an alarm. Metro Police responded and were able to apprehend them," said Ben Jackey, JCPS spokesperson.

If being caught red-handed was not enough, the adult police arrested, Kristopher Elder, 18, spray painted his own name on the property. The three also spray painted "Colt 45" near the stadium. Police said it is the malt liquor they all admitted to drinking.

"It makes you mad because where's the money going to come to fix it?" Mattingly asked.

As for the cost of the damage, Jackey said,"Right now, we are looking for some estimates and once were able to get a dollar figure associated with the damage and the clean-up, I know the principal has expressed an interest in seeking restitution."

Elder is charged with two counts of burglary, criminal mischief, fleeing and evading police and tampering with physical evidence.

The juveniles were also charged.

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