Catholic High vandal turns himself in | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Catholic High vandal turns himself in

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

PAINTER CONFESSES: Graffiti visible on Catholic High field.
  • KTHV
  • PAINTER CONFESSES: Graffiti visible on Catholic High field.

A high school athletic rivalry that has been marked by many incidents over the years is the apparent explanation for expensive spray paint vandalism to Catholic High's new football field last weekend. The message left there mentioned the score of Catholic's recent defeat by Central High, as well as a crude reference to the revered former Catholic High leader Father George Tribou. A Central High student has apparently now confessed.

Catholic High Principal Steve Straessle has sent this e-mail:

We are pleased to announce that the individual who spray painted the Catholic High football field has turned himself in and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The culprit is a 16 year-old male from a neighboring school who created a terrible act out of an otherwise great and storied school rivalry.

Catholic High is following through with its statement that it would not prosecute if the individual turned himself in prior to Friday.

However, the individual faces several consequences as determined by the Catholic High School administration:

* He will make full restitution for repair of the field.
* He will give back to the community he took from by performing community service in the form of manual labor on the Catholic High campus.
* He will write a 5-page essay about Fr. Tribou. The essay will be graded by the Catholic High English department.
* If the boy receives anything below an A, the boy will re-write the essay and include an oral presentation as well.

One of the primary goals of Catholic High is to provide an avenue of redemption when boys go astray. Certainly, there are some strong feelings relative to this act of vandalism but none of those feelings supersede the fact that every boy, when possible, should be given the opportunity to recognize his fault, to apologize, to make amends, and, ultimately, to move on as a better young man. Once this young man fulfills the above stipulations, Catholic High will be satisfied and will move on as well. In the end, the young man did the right thing in the face of much public scrutiny and we wish to underscore the fact that there is never — never — a bad time to do the right thing.
We sincerely appreciate the administration of Central High School and their student body for their support and kindness throughout this event.

Catholic had offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to identification of the person responsible. KTHV had this report earlier with film.

Straessle tells me the turf installation crew was still at the school and believed the damage might be removed by chemicals and brushing, putting the cost in the hundreds, rather than thousands of dollars. But turf might have to be replaced if a "shadow" of the marking is left. He said the youth who turned himself in was a top student at Central and had apologized profusely to school officials, including to the priest who succeeded Tribou as school leader. Straessle said the school learned of the confession through a call this morning from the boy's father, distraught about the news. "We're moving on," Straessle said. "We don't hold grudges." The boy's identity has become known to students at the school and elsewhere but Straessle said the Catholic student body has been informed that no mistreatment of him will be tolerated as he works off his transgression.

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (25)

Showing 1-25 of 25

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-25 of 25

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Arming teachers: An insurance complication

    Gun lovers in the Arkansas legislature are spoiling to put more guns in classrooms at the earliest opportunity. Today, the Washington Post reports a complication — from insurance companies.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Razorbacks plan a return to real grass in 2019

    I don't know why the news of a return to real grass at Razorback stadium seemed like such good news to me. Old fogey, I guess.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Crowds increase at RiverFest day 2

    Crowds grew on day two of RiverFest, the privately re-imagined version of the old Memorial Day weekend Little Rock music festival.
    • May 27, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

People who saved…

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation