ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – More than a dozen parking spots decorated by students at Abilene High School were vandalized over the weekend.
Abilene ISD officials confirm 15-20 hand-painted spots were targeted by vandals who covered up artwork with anything from paint splatters to more offensive marks.
Students Cameron Mitchell and Jose-Daniel Garcia told KTAB and KRBC they’re upset by the vandalism.
Both young men spent hours in the hot sun hard at work preparing their spots.
Garcia, who worked on his spot for days, found one of his teacher’s names marked out on his artwork and replaced with an expletive.
“It just feels bad that it happened,” he says.
Mitchell didn’t even get a chance to finish his spot before the vandals hit, taking paint and other supplies he paid for out of his own pocket, on top of paying for the spot.
“Why would you want to do that to people who put that much effort into it?” Mitchell replied when asked if he had anything to say to the vandals.
Mitchell and Garcia both plan to move forward and finish their spots, despite the vandalism.
AISD says most of the other affected students are doing the same, and the investigation into the vandalism, which was caught on surveillance video, continues.
“We are certainly disappointed by this act of vandalism but we will not let it dampen the Eagle spirit for the start of the school year,” an AISD statement reads.