Newnan, Ga. -- Tensions are running hot for the end-of-season football finale against East Coweta and Newnan High Schools. That's apparently why three students from East Coweta decided to send a message to their county rivals. Newnan police said early Thursday morning they snuck into the Newnan stadium and threw trash all over the field. They spray-painted the track, and "Who's trashy?" was painted on the grass facing the empty stands. Worst of all for the Newnan faithful, their new cougar statue was rolled down a hill.
"This was more than throwing toilet paper across a tree or throwing eggs, that might be considered a prank," said Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs. "This cost quite a bit of money to repair."
He estimated the cost at $1000. The three students are now charged with criminal damage and attempted theft by taking, because Riggs said they appeared to be trying to steal the statue. 11Alive has chosen not to identify the suspects because of their ages and the relatively minor damage to the campus.
Even though tensions are usually hot for the big game, graduates of both schools seemed agreeable to a crackdown on those responsible.
"There needs to be an example set so that this will deter any kids from either school in the future from trying to damage property," said East Coweta grad Steve Shumake
"I understand rivalry but I think some people take it a little too far," said Newnan graduate Maureen Gammans. "It's our cougar, it's our mascot, it's everything the school is about."