Rockwood-—A group of vandals may be trying to get their message out by vandalizing places in Milford Township and Rockwood Borough.
Tuesday someone vandalized the Rockwood high and elementary schools writing the word “MISFITZ,” and “MF,” both with a backward “F” and “one blood” at different locations at the school, including across the elementary school sign.
Rockwood elementary school principal Jonathan Hale said he left the school around 9:30 p.m. Monday night after a school board meeting and the vandalism was noticed when officials arrived Tuesday morning. Hale said the school has never seen vandalism to this extent in the past.
“We’re not quite sure why the school was a target,” he said.
“MF,” often circled, is seen on walls around the building. Hale said the individual who wrote some of the letters could have to be tall given their placement on the building.
The only writing on the high school is the building that can be seen from Bridge Street.
“It just seems like they came through the elementary entrance and went around,” he said.
Aside from the areas in front of the building, most of the areas that were hit cannot be seen from the road, allowing the vandals to potentially go undetected.
“Even up front they could have easily squatted down to hide,” he said.
Hale said he is not familiar with what the meaning could have been behind the messages.
Hale estimated that it would cost around $200 just to replace the ruined elementary school sign. With tight school budgets it is an expense the district did not need, he said.
“If something happens down the road we may not be able to take care of it,” he said. “This is an unplanned cost to the district.”
Business manager Brian Coughenour said officials have not yet determined an estimate of the damage.
“I just wish someone would come forward with some information,” he said.
State police are investigating both incidents. Police said that someone desecrated two memorial stones in the cemetery and a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sign across the road from the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery in Milford Township between Sunday and Monday. Anyone with information should call them at 814-445-4104.
“We respect the community and we hope the same respect is shown to our buildings,” Hale said.