Ogden School District spokesman Jer Bates said spray painted graffiti was discovered on the concession stands, sidewalks and a large “O” statue at the Ogden High football stadium Wednesday, Oct. 11. Bates said a “BL” was clearly spray painted along with graphic language and profanity.
The annual Iron Horse rivalry game between the Ogden and Ben Lomond high school football teams will take place Thursday, Oct. 12, and Bates said the graffiti appears to be related to the game.
“They do intend to take legal action against perpetrators,” he said.
Facilities workers spent over $100 on cleaning fluid and used a power washer to remove most of the paint Wednesday. Bates said it took three employees four hours and there is still some brick that isn’t entirely clean.
The school has external video surveillance which Bates said is being reviewed.
“It appears to be a handful of individuals,” he said, adding the school is confident they’ve identified at least some of the perpetrators.
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The Ben Lomond Scots have won the Iron Horse for the last three years, according to Standard-Examiner archives.
Bates said Ogden High Principal Luke Rasmussen made an announcement at school Wednesday, discouraging any retaliation.
“He made it clear what his expectations are for his students, that there is no retaliation and we honor and respect the rivalry game for what it is on the field,” Bates said.
Rivalry week has escalated between the two schools in previous years, according to Standard-Examiner archives. In 2014, a student made comments on Twitter about bringing weapons to the football game and the Ogden High “O” was spray painted. The Ben Lomond football stadium walls were also tagged with obscenity that year.
The district is working with the Ogden Police Department to have extra officers patrolling the area around the two high schools Wednesday night.
As of Wednesday evening, it was unclear if any arrests have been made or if OPD have any suspects in the case.
Jacob Scholl contributed to this report.