Juvenile vandalism litters middle school to the irritation of staff

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Graphic by Josh Martin.

By Alexandra Dalton

Staff Writer

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Coppell Middle School North has been on its toes in past months as they have been the target of many vandalisms. The damage was mainly based in its fields and the equipment after school hours, going unseen.

 

“Most of the students haven’t heard of the stuff going on,” eighth grader Gabriel Suniura said. “The kids in athletics just find it to be funny, not like a serious issue or anything.”

 

The vandalism did not seem as hilarious, seeing as one frame of a new soccer goal was broken, items such as  trash cans and benches on the fields had been moved or turned over and excessive trash was littered all over the field. It was taken a step further when someone broke into the press box and threw several dummies and other items off the top of the press box, destroying a couple of the field pylons.

 

This has resulted in the fields of CMSN being locked every time it is used for school or private practice, no longer being open to the public because of the possible danger posed to the fields.

 

“It has limited the use of some of the equipment while it was damaged or destroyed,” CMSN football coach Terry McCown said. “As far as practice or workouts go, it is an inconvenience to have to lock and unlock the gate, but it hasn’t really affected practice or games so far.”

Graphic by Josh Martin.
Graphic by Josh Martin.

 

The district has plans in the works to prevent these vandalisms from happening by creating a fence around the field. Construction is undergoing at CMSN and is due to end by this summer.

 

“The main thing for me is that we get a nice, beautiful facility and a few individuals don’t have enough pride in their school or community to keep it that way,” McCown said. “It is really a shame that we can’t leave it open to the public. But with the monetary investment that the school and city made to the facility, we can’t afford for some knuckleheads to tear it up.”

 

Coppell ISD Athletics Director John Crawford, CISD director of facilities Louis Macias and CMNS Principal Amanda Ziaer were all unavailable for commentary on this story.