A traditional rivalry turned ugly over the weekend when Costa Mesa football coach Glen Fisher’s house was vandalized with eggs and parking sign from the rival school. Now, days later, four teens have been arrested and charged in connection with the vandalism, which apparently did far more damage than they anticipated.
As reported by the Daily Pilot of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, Fisher’s house was egged late Friday, Oct. 16, following Costa Mesa’s 23-0 loss to Estancia, one of the school’s traditional rivals. In addition to the eggs, the culprits left a parking sign from Estancia high school’s athletic facilities that explicitly thanks the patron for supporting Estancia’s football program.
Fisher himself offered a nod of clever acceptance about the parking sign — “If anyone put just the sign on my yard, that would’ve been pretty darn clever,” Fisher told the Daily Pilot — but the eggs have left a trail of damage believed to stretch to $1,000 or more.
The teens in question — two from Costa Mesa and two from nearby Back Bay High (and notably, none from Estancia) — have been charged with vandalism in connection with the incident. Their excuse? They claim that they had no idea the eggs would leave permanent damage.
It doesn’t appear that there will be a dramatic trial at the end of the back-and-forth incident, with the teens admitting responsibility following their arrest. Still, given the cost of the repairs and the malicious intent behind the egging they may be in for more than a simple remunerative penalty.
“I can’t get it off the driveway,” Fisher told the Daily Pilot of the damage caused by the egging. “I might have to paint the house because I can’t get it off the stucco. It’s disappointing. It’s a shame.”