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Flat Lick Elementary School vandalized

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say vandals spray painted graffiti and language not fit for children at Flat Lick Elementary School.

Deputies are trying to figure out who is responsible. There are no arrests yet.

"So much work has been put into this place and open it up to the community and sort of have a place where kids can enjoy and have fun," said James Mason, School Custodian.

Mason discovered the vandalism on Wednesday morning.

Sheriff's deputies say in the overnight hours, someone spray painted bad language on the school and graffiti on the playground.

"Nasty, nasty language, totally uncalled for," said Deputy Keith Liford.

"Unbelievable, words cannot describe the way it made me feel you know," said Mason.

While Mason scrubs down the school, Sheriff's Deputies are trying to figure out who did it.

"We followed up on possible leads but nothing panned out. We're still very much involved in the investigation," said Deputy Liford.

Officials say they do not know why someone vandalized the school building.

"It was really disturbing because the schools did a lot of work to gather up the money to better their playground area for the kids. Then you have a few that just wants to tear things up. Don't understand why," said Deputy Liford.

"I hate it most of all for the kids. We have some great students here at Flat Lick. It just breaks your heart to see something like this happen," said Mason.

Mason says he plans to have it all gone when students return to school.

Anyone with information on the vandalism should call the Knox County Sheriff's Department.

Here is a statement released from the Knox County School District:

A custodian at the school discovered the vandalism on Wednesday morning and the Knox County Sheriff's Department were immediately called to investigate. Spray paint was used to create graffiti on the building and playground equipment at the school.

It is unfortunate that someone decided to vandalize an area that is typically a welcoming getaway for students, however, our maintenance crew are busy at work conducting cleanup. The Sheriff's Department has collected evidence at the school which we feel will greatly assist them in making an arrest.

We encourage our community to help the Knox County Sheriff's Department with any leads on this case to prevent it from happening in the future. Flat Lick Elementary School is a huge part of this community, and now we are asking for their help to ensure that our school is seen as a positive learning environment.

-Frank Shelton, Knox County Schools District Communications


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