ARLINGTON, Texas—Police have arrested five teenagers for spray painting lewd graffiti on several buildings at Arlington’s (Texas) James Martin High School as part of a “senior prank” Wednesday.
Christian Joeckel, Ryan Westbrook, Hayden Honolka, Cameron Bodenstab, and Ethan Sigmond were arrested after an investigation into racist, vulgar and anti-transgender graffiti was conducted on the school’s athletic facilities and restrooms. Joeckel, Westbrook, and Honolka are all 17 years old; Bodenstab and Sigmond are 18.
All are students at Arlington High, a rival school. At least three of the students—Joeckel, Westbrook, and Honolka—were at one time members of the football team. Honolka also plays soccer.
Only Joeckel’s name still appears on the team’s website.
According to arrest warrant affidavits, the graffiti included the phrase “whites only” spray painted above a water fountain and “trans only” defacing a men’s bathroom door.
Further vulgarities were painted on athletics banners and trash cans near the football stadium, according to an affidavit.
Lt. Chris Cook, a police spokesman, told the Star-Telegram the graffiti contained “several disturbing racial and gender overtones.”
The teens are charged with state felonies for causing an estimated $20,000 in damage to school property. The graffiti may also bring them hate crime charges.
“The hate crime statute will be presented to a grand jury,” Lieutenant Cook said. “Since they’re felonies, there will have to be a hearing for indictment.”