Graves Vandalized In Magoffin County

Police are investigating after dozens of graves were vandalized in Magoffin County.

It happened at Bluegrass Cemetery in Salyersville.

Witnesses tell us vandals drove vehicles over the grave sites.

Fifty-four grave stones were damaged, all broken or overturned, causing more than 60 thousand dollars in damage to the Bluegrass Cemetery.

Early this morning, just hours after the vandalism was first reported, the Magoffin County Sheriff arrested three teens, two boys and a girl, all students at Magoffin County High School.

The sheriff says they have admitted to the crime.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2007 at 08:00 AM
    It's my understanding these unsupervised brats are back at school minimizing their role in this.
  • by Mr. Obvious Location: KY on Sep 25, 2007 at 06:33 AM
    Everytime there is a story like this we all get online and vent our outrage on this comment board- it doesn't do any real good. We need to be contacting our lawmakers and letting them know we are tired of this crap and want something done. When there is a debate on taking the ten commandments, the pledge and discipline out of school, that is where we need to vent our outrage. When charges are CONTINUALLY amended and no real punishment given,we need to let the (elected) prosecutors and judges know that their jobs are at risk.
  • by concerned Location: ky on Sep 24, 2007 at 01:44 PM
    To answer Douglass question- These children would NOT care if these graves were their parents. That show no respect now, so they would not show any respect if their parents were buried there. If the parents of these children are still alive then these parents need to PAY for ALL DAMAGES their children done. The Children which done this terrible-disrespectable act needs to serve their community everyday (till they reach their 21st birthday) from 4pm to 7pm cleaning cemetery, streets or helping in local shelters. And also hold a public meeting in the courthouse square to apologize to everybody in their hometown!
  • by Don't just read but Really Listen (former Salyersville resident) Location: Indianapolis on Sep 24, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    Some of the graves that were vandalized belong to my family. This is an outrage! Salyersville needs to wake up and make changes now. People are sick of things like this happening. It’s not the first time it has happened. Tax dollars are used to pay for police as well as the schools. The person(s) being paid to monitor the “layouts” need to do their job. Everyone knows that place is a favorite hangout spot among students. Parents need to get off their high horse and start spanking their kids again and maybe they’ll mind. Citizens, stand up and demand better for yourselves and your families. Get real police to deal with the problems. Until someone goes in there and cleans up that place, things like this will continue. It's sad because Salyersville has so much potential.
  • by Thinking Out of the Box Location: South Dakota (former Lex resident) on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    Maybe they can get these kids to teach some of the posters to this site how to spell as well as proper grammar and punctuation. That's probably a stretch because if they are out vandalizing graves, they probably haven't spent much time in the classroom paying attention. I'm glad I moved away from all these illiterates!
  • by Gail Location: winchester on Sep 24, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    Make them do community service keeping the grave yard and all the graves clean of debris, junk, and weeds. They also need to be made to get a part time job after school and weekends and earn the money to pay to replace each and every head stone that was destroyed and then should have to help replace each headstone to the appropriate grave. Then maybe they will learn some much needed RESPECT!
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 24, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    ..."and the system has allowed it" AFTER it was committed. The parents allowed it to happen if their children are rude, disrespectful and destructive. Start at home and the cops won't have to deal with it.
  • by Beth Location: Prestonsburg on Sep 23, 2007 at 09:02 AM
    Nothing will be done it never is big Bob will slap them on the hand andd send them on there way..they need to clean up the mess they made pay for the stones they broke...there is nothing for kids to do over there.thats why i moved..God Bless all.
  • by tyler allen Location: falcon ky on Sep 22, 2007 at 09:14 PM
    i hope they cach them punks 2 that is so mean to do that
  • by cmw Location: salyersville on Sep 22, 2007 at 07:18 PM
    The children of today have no respect but the fingers should not always be pointed in the direction of the parents. Were there children laying out of Magoffin Co High at the time make the school responsible if they were becauase there are people payed to monitor lay outs. The cemetery has always been the fav layout spot and many who are judging these children also laid out there
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