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When students came to Jack C. Hays High School Monday morning, everything looked fine. Two days earlier it was a different story.
“I don’t like when property gets damaged, personal property, school property. Property that gets paid for by tax payer dollars,” said Hays Consolidated Independent School District paren’t Debbie Munoz.
HISD says two students went on a vandalism spree at the “Home of the Rebels” after Saturday school, courses taken for credit recovery or detention. In the baseball field concession stand, equipment was knocked over and the food inside was destroyed. In a science lab a fire extinguisher was discharged. And in perhaps the most disturbing crime, a racial slur was written on a black female teacher’s classroom door.
“That’s just unacceptable. Especially today nowadays. I don’t like that the kids continue to use those words. It’s horrible,” Munoz said.
“I feel sorry for the parents. [They are] that might be embarrassing really,” added Kyle resident Sherry Mims.
The school district handed down the maximum punishment for the students who committed the crime. They’ll now spend the rest of the school year at an alternative campus. The 14-year-old boys are facing three felonies: burglary of a building, graffiti of a school and criminal mischief.
“They need to pay restitution for the damage that’s been done. So they need to pay for it I think,” Mims added.
“Maybe they don’t think what the consequences are going to be thereafter. What they’ve actually done to something that doesn’t belong to them,” said Hays High School alumna Beth Cecrme.
“They’re just going to go to the alternative campus, is that it for the rest of the year? So what’s that? One more week of school. Is it going to continue on into the next year?” Munoz asked.
The district says it will. The teens won’t be back at Jack Hays High School next school year, and neither will the teacher whose door was written on. She turned in a letter of resignation, effective at the end of this school year. District officials say that resignation was turned in before this incident happened.
On the same day that the students were taken into custody for the vandalism, HISD received a “No Place for Hate” designation from the Anti-Defamation League.
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