Saginaw elementary, playground becomes victim of vandalism - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw elementary, playground becomes victim of vandalism

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan elementary was the target of vandalism after someone spray painted graffiti on the school and its playground.

"Violated, because we're talking about young kids. We're not talking about adults that go ‘hmm, oh well,’" Jean George said.

George lives right across the street from Chester Miller Elementary and said she takes her grandson to the playground to play quite often.

"I would not want my grandson to see any of that. I would be very upset and you know what, so would he,” George said.

Inappropriate pictures as well as obscenities were splashed on the building and the equipment, covering the slides, steps and even the school building itself.

A can of orange spray paint was also left behind on the ground.

"One of the teachers spotted it and came and reported it to us. So that's when we started making these calls," said Dwayne Medel, custodian at the school.

Custodial crews spent hours trying to get the graffiti cleaned up on Monday.

"We have graffiti remover and we got the maintenance guys to come on in with the power washer. So we're going to try to see if it comes off with the power washer," Medel said.

Photos of the vandalism were initially posted to an online neighborhood watch group where parents and residents reacted the same way. They were upset.

As for George, she said it’s just a shame – especially at a school.

"I'm bummed. I hate to see that. What can you do," she said.

School officials said the graffiti will be removed Monday and the district has turned the incident over to local law enforcement. 

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