Football field vandalism disrupts school activities

    A portion of the Palo Alto High School football where it has been burnt is mostly undisturbed during school hours. If the act requires a certain amount of funds to repair, the situation could become increasingly serious, according to assistant principal Jerry Berkson. Photo by Emma van der Veen.

    Portions of the Viking Stadium remain melted after acts of vandalism were reported to administration. The administration is currently investigating the case. Photo by Emma van der Veen.

    The Palo Alto High School administration is looking to repair damages done to the football field resulting in extensive damage to the turf.

    After receiving information regarding vandalism early Monday, administrators are further investigating the case of a phallic image burnt into the field, according to Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson.

    The Viking Stadium football field was subject to an act of vandalism. This included burning part of the field's turf, melting the rubber pellets together. Photo by Ethan Kao.

    The Viking Stadium stands strong after an unidentified individual burned parts of the turf. According to Berkson, the cost of the repairs determines the severity of the punishment for the perpetrator. Photo by Ethan Kao.

    “It depends on how much damage [is done],” Berkson said. “Between the actual supplies and labor needed, if it’s a thousand bucks or more, it becomes a felony.”

    According to Berkson, required measures will be taken immediately.

    “I am required to file a police report and I have to call maintenance to get it fixed,” Berkson said.

    Going forward, administration will be taking action to fix the situation for sports teams and others as efficiently as possible, according to Berkson.

    “Football wise, we have a bye this week, but for soccer [tryouts], I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Berkson said. “They could probably paint over it as a first move, maybe we’ll do that.”

     

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