Vandals Hit High School Football Field
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OMAHA, NE - A cross-town rivalry may have gone too far in Omaha. Vandals took to Phelps Field at Westside High School late Wednesday night. School officials said they hit the field with blue and white graffiti. They also made a mark on an entrance to the field, sacred to Northwest athletes.
“I don't know if they knew that or not, but either way, I think it's pretty low anyways,” said Westside senior Maks Richards.
The “Courage” rock placed at the field entrance honors long-time school board member and Westside Alumna Liz Karnes who died from cancer in 2003. Vandals coated it in blue paint during the spree.
“It was something that meant a lot to our family, it meant a lot to our family, and it means a lot to School District 66,” said former Nebraska Senator David Karnes who was married to Liz Karnes. “It's something that is in honor of an individual who's provided wonderful service to education both to our country and locally.”
School officials cleaned up almost all the paint. By afternoon only a few blue blemishes stained the concrete and grass near the field. A school district spokesperson said Thursday there were no suspects. The district plays long-time rival Creighton Prep Friday.
“I definitely think it was too far. I get competition. I'm a wrestler, so I definitely get that, but when it's done on school property and disrespecting the names of people on that rock,” Richards said.
The school district spent the day combing through security camera footage and working with Creighton Prep to figure out if students there are involved.
Students touch the rock as part of a pre-game ritual. A fund in Karnes’ name, called “Liz’s Legacy,” continues to raise money for cancer research.