Painting got ‘boulder,’ so rocks at McIntosh are out

It was not the case of a mysterious disappearance of the “senior rocks” in front of McIntosh High School that had long been “decorated” by rising seniors. It was a case of going to extremes and learning the lesson that actions have consequences.

The object of school-spirited graffiti by rising seniors and others for many years, the large rocks positioned by the north entrance to McIntosh on Walt Banks Road have been removed after the most recent incident where far more than the rocks were involved.

That act of vandalism, at least the most recent act, occurred May 19 when the junior class came to paint the rocks and got carried away, said McIntosh High School Principal Lisa Fine.

They painted the rocks, and the parts of the sidewalk, and the dumpster, and a portion of the parking lot. Accompanying the artistry were derogatory words, statements and pictures that school staff, and some in the public, found inappropriate, Fine said.

Repairing the damage amounted to an expense of $3,084.33 in materials, rental equipment and labor, Fine said, adding that the work was done prior to the May graduation ceremony.

This was not the first time over the years that McIntosh students, or perhaps those from rival high schools, had ventured beyond the pale with their works of “artistry.” But on this most recent occasion, it led Fine and others to consider that the time had come to remove the rocks.

“The decision was by the school’s leadership team and the county office that we needed to address the situation after the last act of vandalism in May. Over time, a very pleasant tradition has evolved into acts of vandalism.” Fine explained, noting that the leadership team also considered whether repairing the damage and keeping the rocks in place was tantamount to either making the defacing of property a tradition or even to promoting vandalism. “In this age of budget deficits I don’t have the dollars to (continue to) paint over inappropriate words and pictures when we could be spending the money on teaching,” said Fine.

So at this point the senior rocks will be relegated to history of McIntosh High School. As for the whereabouts of the famous rocks, Fine said they have been moved to an undisclosed location.

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mostly we have scene the

mostly we have scene the cases of mysterious disappearance of the “senior rocks” but here's something different situation case of going to extremes and learning the lesson that actions have consequences. Famous Art

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blame game

Stop blaming the Junior Class (now Senior Class). Starr's Mill High School requested to get their own rocks due to road vandlism and was denied. When pointed out that McIntosh had rocks designated for painting since about 1987, the county put pressure on Mrs. Fine to remove the rocks. You can blame it on the kids if you choose, but every year for 24 years more than just the rocks were painted including the street, cart path, etc. If money was truly a concern, the Senior Class each year should have a $5 charge added to their Class Dues to cover any cost of repairs. If it is not used for repairs than it could be used for a donation to a non profit organization voted on by the students. Kind of like "paying for the right" to paint the rocks if you are a senior. This could have been turned into a positive teaching experience, but of course, the uptight controlling in charge wanna be leaders are too afraid to do the right thing.

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I call Bull$hit on all parents and local residents that believe that it is acceptable for students to deface any piece of public property, including the "rocks" previously at McDoosh. The idea that it is OK to spray paint either these rocks or any other piece of public property is both ediculous and abhorrent.

Residents of PTC who believe that painting of public property is acceptable should publish their own addresses acknowledging such acceptance of defacing their property and permitting such paintingo of their own property ... otherwise STFU. Absent such approval, you are the usual co-criminal masterminds of low intellect vandals.

Bob

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Rocks

So you think we should erase all those cave and rock paintings left by earlier Americans?

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You can't hide class..

Comments like yours do a great job of showing it off. Stay Classy Bobbybiplane. :)

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BobbyBiplane -- "ediculous"?

What exactly is the definition of "ediculous"? I tried to find a definition, but couldn't. My guess is you meant "ridiculous", but I can't be certain. What I find ridiculous is your lovely use of language evidenced by your use of "Bull$hit", "McDoosh", and "STFU". Having said that, I do not agree with the defacement of public property, but the rocks were put there for the purpose of being painted. Now that they have been removed, I hope that the students will not decide to paint the road or anything else.

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Grind Those Senior Rocks Into Dust

Painting on those rocks is a stupid tradition that has been thankfully outlawed at the surrounding schools (for the most part). Calling it a senior tradition is a little bit of a misnomer because the majority of the people who wrote on it were Fayette County juniors and seniors before the McIntosh kids whitewashed it and the process repeated itself.

Fayette Co. High used to paint the entire stretch of Tiger Trail and it looked horrible. Not to mention there were obscene and libelous writings every year that had to be monitored and painted over. It got so bad that it spilled over into the new high school's parking lot. Once the practice was banned (1997 I believe), it ended pretty much for good. You didn't have people writing on Tiger Trail and the graffiti on the parking lots eventually disappeared as well.

Whether it is spray painting rocks or painting streets- it is a stupid "tradition" and the only thing it accomplished was to create fights between fellow students/teachers and start graffiti battles between McIntosh and Fayette High.

Grind those ugly rocks to dust.

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Now if you think removing the rocks will stop another such tradition you are naive! There may be a dead horse in the principal's office one of these days! (Or a very big rock)

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It worked for Fayette County High

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5-0: I know nothing about rock painting at FCH

I do remember when MacIntosh and I suppose others filled the road by the school with paint.
I actually thought it showed some interest in spirit and pride. The Puerto Ricans, and others, wouldn't shop anywhere much that wasn't decorated brightly!
I just drove on over the painted road and I don't remember having the time to read any of it, or try to decipher what some of it meant.

I suppose it did gall some smart-arse administrators. They probably took it as an affront to them.
I wonder what they would do if after every score by MacIntosh, a Conestoga wagon drove onto the field and someone was shooting blunderbusses from it with loud blanks, and a bunch of Creek Indian Chiefs chased them off? (happens at one college I know)
I'm not suggesting anything.......

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MHS Rocks - or it did in the past

"That act of vandalism, at least the most recent act, occurred May 19 when the junior class came to paint the rocks and got carried away, said McIntosh High School Principal Lisa Fine"

As another poster noted, the reason the rocks were put there in the first place was due to the fact that the road in front of MHS was vandalized each year. Ms. Fine should have looked into the history of this tradition before making her decision. In fact the rocks have been "vandalized" each year and in some years the junior class did get out of control.

I would suggest that the rocks be restored to their place and a policy put in place to deal with the crime of vandalism.

The policy could be very simple and lead to "constrained Juniors".

Policy:

Any student proven to be involved in vandalism on school property or the roads adjacent to the school will immediately be expelled for a period of one year from all schools in the Fayette County System. In addition, the fund for the Junior/Senior prom will be used for the cleanup and the Junior/Senior Prom will be cancelled for the incoming senior class. Further, any and all people that know of the vandalism and fail to report those responsible will be expelled from the school system for one year.

Notwithstanding this school policy, the crime of vandalism will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I might suggest that a modified policy like this extend to students that are vandalizing our pathways as well.

Ms. Fine put the rocks back and use your head or you will have a painted street in front of MHS each year, and you will be partly to blame because of your failure in leadership. You need to go after this with both feet and use this as an opportunity to show students the downside to misbehaving.

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Burst the 'Bubble'.

This speaks directly to why we have so many teenagers in this little bubble that act like we adults are just in their way (have you ever been on a cart path anywhere near MHS when school lets out?). When there was a problem with vandalism in front of the school, did we step up surveillance, catch the little rugrats and have them cleaning the streets in orange jumpsuits? No, we bring in some big rocks and say, 'Here you go kids, paint these instead'. Any surprise that in the normal scheme of things where each generation tries to shock the previous that eventually the rocks would roll?

Quit coddling our kids! Keep turning your eyes, or making excuses for them 'just being kids' and the next graffiti you will see is gang signatures with X's through them and murders to follow. If you want a clean and safe town, there has to be rules.

I grew up in a town that I will only drive through in the day. We were 'just kids', too as were those that followed...today it is close to a war zone. No thanks, not here!

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It is my recollection that the rocks were put there so that the students would have somewhere to paint other than the surface of Walt Banks Rd. It used to be a unsightly mess before the rocks. Now I suppose it's back to street painting for the Seniors at McIntosh

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KIDS AND ROCKS

And you let these same brats drive golf carts all over our town. They are destroying school grounds too parking where they should not. When are these registration numbers on the golf carts going to be turned over to law enforcement and enforcement deal with the owners/adults. No taxes would have to be raised, think of the revenue you would collect if just these violations were handled.

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Did you turn in the cart numbers you saw doing damage? I'm sure the police would welcome the cart number---providing you would take another witness to court with you and point them out!
Oh, you want me to do it, I see!
Personally, I don't see much damage by Mac students.

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Fayette principals seem determined to squelch school spirit

Between McIntosh school principal Lisa Fine and Whitewater school principal Greg Stillons, it seems that Fayette county goes out of their way to squelch any displays of school spirit.

Yes, kids get out of line sometimes.

Rather than channel that overexuberance into positive behaviors, "leaders" like Fine and Stillions seem to enjoy meting out group punishments via draconian rules and disproportionate retaliatory responses.

That's not "leadership" in the classic sense of the word.

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Fayette principals seem determined to squelch school spirit

ditto...just wondering what's different than previous years?

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YOU pay for the damage

Fayette citizens should not be required to pay for the clean up from the damage done at McIntosh High School. If you think this is part of school spirit, then why don't YOU donate the money to clean the area each time vandalism occurs. Maybe the school will then return the rocks.

Frankly, I hope the guilty students were apprehended, arrested, and given a trip to the jail. Vandalism should never be a part of "school spirit." Any person who thinks it should be is terribly, terribly immature.

"Courthouse rules," I read your post(below) and your posts elsewhere. Maybe the rocks were moved to your head or maybe you suffered a blow to the head from the rocks. Whatever the case, you are a complete idiot.

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wkamb: idiots

I take it you don't like satire or even fun? Also, you judge all posts by one.
The students were apprehended, cuffed, whooped up on, after cuffed, and their heads shaven, You should see the girls! Then they were taken to the jail (oops, we don't have one) they were taken to the big rocks and made to break them up with sledge hammers into driveway gravels.
Then they were forced to flip hamburgers, wash all the pots and pans after work at Macs. Their parents were required to supervise the whole thing.
When the time comes that the coach and principal's houses can't be papered, then we need to move to Russia's gulags.

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1 more "NAZI" and your bacon will be burnt --Calm down, wkamb

DELETED & WARNED: Gratuitously calling people Nazis will get you banned from this site.

Calm down, my DELETED friend. I did not suggest that Fayette citizens be required to pay for the clean up. That was you putting words in my mouth, DELETED.

Since the rising junior class committed the vandalism, make them pay for it...or identify the culprits. Tell them no homecoming, no prom until they've made restitution or ratted out the rotten eggs. I have a hard time believing that spraypainting a dumpster resulted in $3K in damages, the school system must be using union cleanup workers.

Spraypainting the rocks is technically vandalism, but it's been a long-standing tradition here and has been since I've lived here...and I've lived here for some time now. I can understand why a DELETED newcomer such as yourself would get his/her panties in a wad though, you don't have an appreciation for local traditions.

I recall five or so years ago the same thing happened and Starrs Mill hooligans painted the rocks baby blue but also painted the football concession stand baby blue too. They eventually caught the kids who went too far and appropriate punishments were doled out.

This was a classic overreaction by Principal Fine, who evidently was counting on DELETED such as yourself to back her draconian actions up. DELETED.

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My apologies Cal

With the benefit of hindsight and a bit of research, I now realize that gratuitous references to the Third Reich are limited to conservative national columnists, and conservative bloggers, and may only be used to denigrate President Obama.

Since I am neither a conservative national columnist or a conservative blogger I will respect your site's double standard, even if I don't agree with it. You will nazi me using this word again, unless I am criticizing President Obama of course.

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"Paintings" "boulder?"

You know "Stone" Mountain isn't located in "Boulder," Colorado? But the McIntosh "rocks" are nothing but "stones" compared to the "granite" of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt images, however. "Gravels" could have been used to bury the "rocks" in a hole for maybe $500 dollars! Or, actually 4-5 cans of spray paint should have done the trick ($20, plus the labor of the Principal!)
Women's diamond "stones" cost much more than "cohones" and are much harder.
"Sandstone" is a rather soft "rock" unlike "Stone hinge" which is weather resistant for 7-8 thousand years at least.
The "Rocky" Mountains go on forever and must not be confused with the Andes or the Alps.
Come to think of it we are mostly just "one big rock," even under the ocean. Down deep the "rocks" "stones", etc., are melted and about 3000 degrees Fahrenheit.
My "hole" point here is that a part of history was destroyed by an act of censorship.

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I Think They

went to that rock pile out at Sam's Club and have been ground up by that gargantuan machine and are now part of the big dustbowl out there.

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It is sad that the school went the direction they did. It is also sad that this even happaned. Why not an investigation? Maybe a reward to finger the painters? I am sure that would of cost less then moving the rocks. Just my 2 cents.

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idkwhy

Your "fingering" is worth about 2 cents!
The idea is to keep the rocks to be painted upon as a tradition.

If embarrassing things painted, use spray cans. Then announce that certain things painted will be punished when they are caught.

Maybe anything used on TV is OK? Movies? Locker room talk? Teachers coffee area?

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idkwhy

ditto again...how come the Administration doesn't punish teachers for inappropriate behavior?