LAS CRUCES – Once again the Las Cruces High and Mayfield High buildings were destroyed in the week of the big football game between the two rivals.
District officials say they discovered graffiti sprayed on the MHS on Monday morning. This graffiti was removed with pressure sprayers.
The vandalism at LCHS was discovered on Friday morning, the day of the LCHS vs. MHS soccer game. The game is part of a 55-year rivalry between the two high schools.
The Sun-News already reported on vandalism in the schools in the week of the rivalry game, including 2016 and 2018.
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Kelly Jameson, spokeswoman for Las Cruces Public Schools, said the district wasn’t sure how much it would cost the district to clean up the vandalism.
“It’s not uncommon to see vandalism in both high schools right before the big game,” said Jameson. “Some years are inherently more destructive than others. What happened at LCHS is very disappointing.”
A post on social media shows that someone sprayed curses and insults on the sides of the LCHS building.
LCHS director Michelle Ronga confirmed that the graffiti at the school contained “racist language”.
“Las Cruces public schools oppose any behavior that marginalizes or demeans anybody or group of students,” said Jameson. “This is a criminal act and in no way acceptable.”
LCPS has partnered with Las Cruces and Doña Ana County Crime Stoppers, a local group that receives anonymous crime-solving tips, to offer a reward for information on past vandalism cases.
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