Ramona High School security officials discovered two goats and a sheep in the Bulldog stadium Monday morning in what appeared to be a prank.
The sheep and one goat were spray-painted with “2014,” said Principal Chris King.
The school campus houses livestock as part of its agriculture program. According to King and Assistant Principal Antoinette Rodriguez, on Sunday evening someone cut padlocks to let the animals out of their pens and into the stadium.
Rodriguez said the animals were not harmed, but King noted that they are owned by students who will show them at the fair later this summer. The spray-painted animals will have to be sheared because of the paint, he said, and those student-owners are upset.
“They show those animals and they work really hard,” said the principal.
In addition to the locks on the pens, locks were also damaged on the main campus, said King.
“The locks are more expensive and problematic for us,” he said.
Ed Anderson, Ramona Unified’s maintenance and grounds supervisor, said vandals put Super Glue in all the locks of the high school’s administration building and also on some locks of the I building. The vandals also threw eggs on windows and elsewhere around the campus and also spray-painted parts of the campus.
Anderson and King estimated labor and materials cost of the malicious vandalism at $1,000.
The high school filed a malicious vandalism report with the sheriff’s department, said Anderson.
King said on Tuesday morning there were no suspects but a reward would be offered for anyone providing information, which can be done anonymously.
Anyone with information about the vandalism may contact King at the school, 760-787-4000, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“What’s frustrating is it’s our own kids doing it to our own school,” said Anderson. “Come on, take pride in your campus. Why would you do it to your own school?