Vandals hit East Paulding High again


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - The Paulding County high school where more than a dozen students were charged with vandalism in a senior prank has been hit again.

Administrators found graffiti on the East Paulding High School campus Monday morning. Surveillance video showed vandals in disguise hitting the school around 1:45 a.m., a representative with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said.

The representative said there were 20 tags on the school, including messages that said “Class of 2015,” “Illuminati,” and “Don’t do drugs, smoke weed” in a gym and hallway. The suspects will face felony charges.

"I was wondering who did it, why they did it and what was up with it," student Clint Burge told Channel 2's Erica Byfield.

School maintenance crews went to work immediately removing the graffiti.

"We have chemicals that we have to apply to remove the graffiti, as well as a lot of man power," school spokesman Brian Otott said.

"In March, surveillance footage showed masked vandals running from building to building at the school. They spray-painted "Seniors" and "2012" on clean surfaces and flipped park benches onto the road. It led to $7,500 in damages.

Authorities arrested at least 21 suspects in the March incident. They initially faced felony charges, but most accepted a deal to lessen the charges. They were asked to complete 400 hours of community service, pay more than $1,000 in fees and restitution and agree to testify against any co-defendants who wouldn’t accept the deal.