3 teens charged in Seymour HS football field vandalism

(WBIR) Three teenagers, accused of vandalizing Seymour High School's new football field, are facing felony charges.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office arrested Joshua and Jacob Lewis-Jones and Jacob Shields. Officials charged all three 18-year-olds with felony vandalism for allegedly spray painting the school's new turf football field on Friday, May 23. School officials said the damage amounted to more than $10,000.

Athletic director Gary Householder said the school only had the field for two months.

"A field that's quite a bit north of $600,000, and we want to do our best to take care of it. And I feel it's a senior prank - a can of orange paint and a can of black paint and have a good time," said Gary Householder.

BACK STORY: Seymour High's field vandalized

The night after graduating from the school, investigators said the teens broke into the football field and painted several parts in orange and black. On Tuesday, the maintenance department tried the clean the paint off, but some of it is permanent. The school will have to replace some of the numbers and designs.

A preliminary hearing date for the three suspects is set for June 18.

Officials are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact detective James Breeden with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at 865-774-3932 or 865-428-1899.


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