Vandalism at Fannin Middle School causes fallout for student athletes and AISD

Vandalism at Fannin Middle School causes fallout for student athletes and AISD
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Police are investigating vandalism at a local middle school that has caused some fallout for student athletes and AISD.

The new turf football field at Fannin Middle School was cut up either late this past Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Although there are night vision cameras above the field attached to the stadium lights, there must be some kind of light to see the camera footage.

NewsChannel 10 has learned there are additional cameras on school grounds at different angles that could help catch the vandals which are believed to be adults and not students.

At news time, police still do not have a suspect.

"At this point we are still reviewing all of the video trying to figure out what time it happened and who it was," Jeb Hilton with the Amarillo Police Department, said. "At this point we don't have any suspects."

What concerns authorities is the way the field was vandalized. The turf was cut three times into a rectangular pattern which police believe indicates the offender was attempting to do more than damage the field.

"I believe because it was cut in such a straight line that someone was going to take that piece of turf," officer Susan Goodson said. "I don't think it was a typical vandalism with the goal to just mess something up."

So far, 7th and 8th grade football players have been forced to play this week's games at their opposing school's field. Crews are working now to repair the damage in hopes of getting the Fannin Panthers back on their home turf for next week's games.

As far as AISD is concerned, thousands of dollars will now be spent to repair damage to the synthetic turf that was just installed before last school year.

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification of the vandals involved.

Anonymous tips can be submitted online or by calling 806.374.4400.

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