Last week, five teens thought it would be funny to spray paint insensitive messages on the walls of a rival school. But they’re not laughing now.
Arlington, Texas police arrested the Arlington High School seniors for allegedly tagging the exterior walls of Martin High School with racist and anti-transgender graffiti, CBS News reports.
Authorities identified the suspects as Ryan Westbrook, 17, Ethan Sigmund, 18, Christian Joeckel, 18, Hayden Honoloka, 17, and 18-year-old Cameron Bodenstab.
The police told CBS all the suspects confessed. They face a state felony charge of painting graffiti on school property, according to the Dallas Morning News.
They’re accused of painting the words “Whites Only” over a drinking fountain. The words “Trans Only” were written near a bathroom—an apparent reference to the recent federal directive to permit students to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
Additionally, a twin horseshoe logo of Arlington High School was painted on a wall. And another piece of graffiti said the vandalism was “payback for the parking lot.”
CBS spoke with Martin High School student Kirstin Pham about the incident:
“For them to do something like that to another school is very disrespectful and immature. I feel like we’re all miniature adults and should be treating each other as such.”
Police Lt. Christopher Cook told CBS that the suspects were “remorseful,” adding:
“I don’t think they gave a lot of thought to the ramifications unfortunately, you’re held accountable for and there’s consequences when you engage in this sort of behavior.”
Authorities held them on a $2,500 bond; the teens face up to a year behind bars.
Police Arrest 5 Students For Racist, Anti-Trans Graffiti was originally published on newsone.com
How did Gospel Artist Tonex Become Gay Activist B-Slade?
8 Signs You Are Under Spiritual Attack
Hear How A REAL Mayor Is Tackling His City's Violence! Amos' EXCLUSIVE Interview With Memphis Mayor AC Wharton
Earnest Pugh Is Appointed Worship Pastor At The Light House Church in Houston, Texas
Butter Art Fair Presented By Gang Gang Kicked Off In Indianapolis
Maeta Talks Music & Performing in Her Hometown with B. Swift
Colts QB Anthony Richardson & Willie Williams Speaks with B Swift
7 Bible Verses To Get You Through The School Year