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Middle school stained by obscene graffiti

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Mt. Pisgah Middle School was spray painted with obscene graffiti drawings.

A parent sent photos of the profane messages that welcomed students during drop-off. 

Over the weekend, vandals believed to be three high school students, sprayed graffiti and profanity across the rear brick exterior of Mt. Pisgah Middle.

"It looks horrible, like it needs to be cleaned up," Cordova resident Charles Johnson said.

Johnson said he didn't think it looked like the work of gang members.  

"I think it's possibly a prank," he said. "Kids just doing something and don't have anything better to do."

Shelby County Schools notified parents about the incident with a message from the principal, which read:

"I wanted to let you know we had officers on campus this morning to investigate some graffiti that was discovered on our school building.  The situation did not affect the safety of our campus, but I still wanted to make sure you heard about this from me. We have great things going on here at Mt. Pisgah and I certainly don’t want this situation to overshadow the wonderful work being done by our teachers and students."

A Shelby County Sheriff's deputy was on campus Monday as cleaning crews arrived. 

Johnson thinks disciplinary action is required; however, he doesn't believe it calls for criminal charges. 

"I don't think it's too serious that they should go to juvenile or jail for it," he said. "I think they should have to do community service to teach them a little lesson."

Two other SCS schools were also hit with vandalism.

Officers went to Westwood High School where someone reported that the windows were smashed. 

About an hour later, officers were called to Kingsbury High School. There, someone spray painted the building.

SCS said they are conducting a thorough investigation to find out who is responsible.

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