Portsmouth High Seniors Take Back Vandalized Parking Spots
Portsmouth High School seniors gathered Tuesday to take back their parking spots.
Portsmouth High School seniors were devastated when they returned to school last week after discovering their new parking spots vandalized.
And, these weren't any usual parking spots.
For the first time, the senior class was granted permission to be given personalized parking spots. Seniors, who paid $15 were allowed to personalize their parking spots, following a set a specific guidelines.
About 30 of the seniors, who wanted to participate, came over the summer and painted a 5'x7' area within their parking space. Many students brought family members and spent three to four hours creating their works of art.
"The spots were creative, beautiful and showed the unique personalities of the students of our school," said Charity Shea, special education coordinator. "They were truly amazing."
On the first day of school, these same students, who participated in this class fundraiser to show their school spirit, arrived to find that someone came the night before and vandalized each spot.
"That people that did this are very immature and obviously don't care about the things we do at this school or the school. It's very disrespectful," said student Alexandria Amaral, who spent three hours this summer painting her parking spot.
These vandals covered each spot with paint and wrote "2012" on many of the football field buildings, entry roads and nearby fences.
On Tuesday, the participating students returned to Portsmouth High School to repaint their spots.
"I was pretty upset," said Gabrielle English about the vandalism. "At least I can repaint it and show our school spirit. They (the vandals) are not defying us."