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Vandalism at a Columbus school being investigated

Jordan High tagged with profane graffiti

Vandalism was seen on three Jordan Vocational High School signs Thursday night. Muscogee County School District communications director Mercedes Parham said the incident is under investigation.
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Vandalism was seen on three Jordan Vocational High School signs Thursday night. Muscogee County School District communications director Mercedes Parham said the incident is under investigation.

Vandalism at a Columbus school is being investigated. Meanwhile, the spray-painted graffiti on three campus signs at Jordan Vocational High School that was seen Thursday evening has been removed.

Muscogee County School District superintendent David Lewis said Friday afternoon that the graffiti on the signs, which included a curse word on two of them, and all vandalism of school property would be treated seriously.

“Given the time, money and work invested in improving our facilities, any intentional acts of vandalism are both frustrating and disappointing,“ Lewis said. “All such incidents are investigated and culprits will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. To that end, our police department has initiated an investigation.”

The school district’s police department investigating the incident is being called into action a year after it was established.

The Muscogee County School Board voted in May 2018 to establish an MCSD police agency. It hired a police chief in March 2019.

MCSD Police Chief Greg Arp told the board in May that this year the plan is to hire the command staff (one captain and two sergeants, in addition to the already hired police chief) and 15 officers, one at each of the nine high schools and six rotating among the 12 middle schools. The second phase will be next year, hiring six officers to rotate among 32 elementary schools.

Ledger-Enquirer staff writer Mark Rice covers education and other issues related to youth. He also writes feature stories about any compelling topic. He has been reporting in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley for more than a quarter-century. He welcomes your local news tips and questions.
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