Mark Rogers helped clean graffiti at Gympie High School.
Mark Rogers helped clean graffiti at Gympie High School. Renee Pilcher

Vandals strike school

A VANDAL with a dirty mind and cans of blue and purple spray-paint gave Gympie High School cleaners a big job on Monday morning.

Vulgar words and crude images painted around the school some time between Friday afternoon and 8pm on Saturday had to be mostly removed before the start of school so as not to offend students or staff.

Cleaners did their best to remove the graffiti, sprayed in six different locations around the school but much of it was done on brickwork and unable to be completely removed.

School janitor Mark Rogers said it took a great deal of elbow grease and graffiti remover for the most part of Monday to clean up the offensive mess.

He believes the culprits ran out of paint when they got to the new sporting arena, as there were only a few tags sprayed on the basketball courts.

It took him five additional hours after cleaners finished their Monday morning shifts. If students noticed less-than-spotless classrooms yesterday, they know why.

Squiggly lines, swear words and crude depictions of the male anatomy were painted up the sides of the buildings and on grounds in the courtyards.

Blocks D, F1 and F3 as well as A and H blocks were targeted while one decorative mural painted by former students was defaced, which was disappointing for Mr Rogers.

He said he heard a rumour that the offence was committed in retaliation to a suspension or expulsion.

"It's a bit weird this type of thing happening in winter. It normally happens in the summer months," he added.

In another act of random vandalism, a Subaru Liberty parked in the driveway of a Victory Heights home on Sunday night had the windscreen smashed some time before 7am on Monday morning.

Can you help solve these crimes? Phone police on 5480 1111

Gympie Times


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