A $500 reward is being offered by Oxford Community Schools for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for vandalizing the press box at the high school football stadium, causing an estimated $10,000 or more in damage.
Anyone with information is asked to please call Oakland County Sheriff’s Det. Shane Freiberg at (248) 969-0369.
“It’s just disheartening that somebody would do that, whether it’s our own student or a student from another school district,” said Superintendent Tim Throne. “I feel sorry for whoever did that because obviously they have bigger issues.”
The vandalism is believed to have occurred sometime between the afternoon of Thursday, April 7 and Monday, April 11, when it was discovered at approximately 3:30 p.m.
According to the sheriff’s report, windows were smashed, chairs were broken, wires for video cameras were pulled out and cut, and audio equipment was damaged.
“The inside of the press was in total disarray,” wrote the sheriff’s deputy who took the report. “There was toilet paper and tissue paper scattered throughout the press box and several holes in the wall and marks on the wall where wiring was ripped down and cut. The windows inside the press box were all broken out with glass scattered everywhere inside and some stools were bent and broken. I observed the face plate of the stereo system broken as well.”
“Somebody was angry,” Throne said. “I was a kid. I know what it’s like to be dumb and do stupid things, but to me, this was beyond somebody doing something stupid. They were upset.”
OHS Athletic Director Cole Andrews told the deputy when he arrived, the hatch leading to the top of the press box was open and that’s where he believes the vandal or vandals entered.
Several beer cans and a can of black spray paint were left inside the press box.
“Oxford Sux” was written on a door, “LO” was written on a window and the image of a large penis was painted inside the press box, the report stated