Vandals Target Bullard High School

Published 09/03 2014 08:56PM

Updated 09/03 2014 11:32PM

Police say the vandal who spray painted St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fresno has now vandalized Bullard High School.

Students arrived on campus this morning and found graffiti spray painted on the sides of classrooms. Fresno Police are offering a $5,500 reward with the help of a donor.

The high school covered up most of the graffiti.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the high school is the fourth target. An LDS Church as well as St. Anthony's were also targeted.

"What they've done constitutes a felony because anytime you vandalize a church under the law it becomes an automatic felony," Dyer said.

The vandalism has sparked rumors and fear among students at Bullard High School.

"Some people laughed about it and then some people were kinda scared because they think that something is going to happen to Bullard," Ayah Powel, a student says.

The Fresno Unified School District released the following statement today.

"Early this morning, Bullard High School was vandalized with graffiti. Maintenance and Operations crews immediately responded to quickly remove the graffiti from our campus. This incident was consistent with other recent acts of vandalism in the Bullard community, including a local church. As safety is always our highest concern for the students and families of Fresno Unified School District, our Safety and Security Office is working closely with the Fresno Police Department to investigate the matter and ensure that our campuses are safe and secure. We have also added additional security on campus while the investigation is taking place. If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Fresno Police Department immediately."

Brooke Ashjian, who is running for a position on the school board, donated $5,000 to Crime Stoppers to find whoever is responsible. He says he has kids that go to Bullard and his church was also targeted.

"This is a subliminal message they are sending out and it's scaring the parishioners. It's scaring the children. Enough is enough," Ashjian said.

Fresno Police added $500 to the reward. A total of $5,500 is being offered to find the person responsible.

Dyer said they don't want to spread the vandals message but they also need to inform the public of who they are looking for.

"They have a very distinct tag that they use on the establishments. The Merry Men. They also made a comment that the oppressed will rise," Dyer said.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.

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