A high school sports rivalry in Southern Indiana finds itself under the microscope following an ugly incident in which one school’s property was defaced with opposing school colors and a series of ugly, obscene messages about Reitz High School. While it is not known for sure, officials believe that the school property was defaced by students from rival Mater Dei.
As reported by Evansville NBC affiliate WFIE, the walls around Reitz and it’s classic, hillside “R” were all covered with red and yellow spray paint. Making matters worse, some of the spray painted sections of the wall gave voice to a variety of inappropriate sayings. The Reitz administration will cover over the vandalized spots, but that process was not complete by the opening of school on Monday, leaving the student body exposed to the perceived Mater Dei hate art.
“The rivalry between Mater Dei and Reitz has been a great one, all along” Evansville Vanderburg School Corporation spokesperson Marsha Jackson told WFIE. “(It) makes for great football, not so great for things like this. It’s happened both ways before and this tit-for-tat kind of rivalry does come with a price.”
The price could prove to be steep should Mater Dei students prove to be held accountable.
“We don’t condone any type of vandalism of any building,” Mater Dei principal Darin Knight told WFIE. “We have a great partnership with Reitz High School. We think the west side schools are awesome and it is an unfortunate incident.”