Three Teens Arrested For Vandalizing Cemetery

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

Police arrest three high school students and charge them with vandalizing an Eastern Kentucky cemetery.

It happened at the Bluegrass Cemetery in Magoffin County.

Many people in Magoffin County are asking why anyone would go on destructive rampage destroying more than 50 grave stones. While many of the stones were repaired Friday morning, more than a dozen still lay in disarray.

Dozens of people streamed in and out of the Bluegrass Cemetery Friday morning, fingers crossed, hoping they wouldn't find the gravestones of family members vandalized.

Early Friday morning, police arrested three Magoffin County High School students charging them with the grave violation, a class D felony. Many of the graves were pushed off their bases, but others were cracked and destroyed. In a plot for one family, seven stones were destroyed including one made for a baby.

"That's a lack of respect," said Jack Joseph who has family buried in the cemetery.

Police say two males and a female were arrested at around three Friday morning. There names are not being released due to their age. In total, 54 stones were damaged.

"The people that did this, I hope they get help cause they need it," Joseph said.

The Bluegrass Cemetery is actually located directly behind the Magoffin County High School and several people we talked to said they often see students hanging out there during the school day.

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