Student accused of spray painting principal's car - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Student accused of spray painting principal's car

Jonathan Gatewood (Source: SCSO) Jonathan Gatewood (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

At least one student was arrested after vandalizing a high school principal's car Wednesday.

According to the police report, the principal of Trezevant High School said someone spray painted obscenities on his car with black and gold paint.

In surveillance footage of the parking lot recorded at the time the car was vandalized, officers saw two teenagers spray painting the car with obscene messages.

Memphis Police Department arrested Jonathan Gatewood, 19, who told officers he and another student spray painted the car as a senior prank.

"This goes to show that our principals and our teachers, they need protection as well," SCS school board member Stephanie Love said.

At least one of the students facing charges plays football at Trezevant High School.

"Let's make sure that we teach our children to keep their hands off other people's property," Love said.

Gatewood is charged with vandalism. The estimated cost to repair the principal's vehicle is $2,500.

Meanwhile, across the county, Collierville police released a photo of the suspect they believe is responsible for vandalism at multiple schools.

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