FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It might have meant to be a prank, but vandalism at a Franklin County school is being investigated as a crime.
It's definitely not what teachers and students expected to find when they arrived at Western Hills High School Wednesday morning. School officials and sheriff's deputies found graffiti on the outside walls of the high school's gym as well as the front columns of the school.
School officials have since washed off most of the vandalism, but Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton tells us the writings were disrespectful and inappropriate, using what he calls "ugly" language.
None of it was racial or prejudice, but the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is still cracking down on this overnight crime.
"It was a very, very, very poor decision on these individual's parts," said Sheriff Pat Melton. "I think it might have been meant as prank, but there's other ways to do pranks without doing permanent damage and using tax payer's money."
We are told one suspect is a student at Western Hills High School, and he has been charged with second degree criminal mischief.
Sheriff Melton says surveillance video shows four suspects, so they are still looking for three more. The sheriff believes the others involved are also Western Hills High School students.