Vandals damage stadium under construction at local high school
BATON ROUGE - Authorities are investigating after vandals busted out windows at a local high school's under-construction stadium overnight.
Andre Bell lives right across the street from Istrouma High School, and he's been watching the construction at the new athletic stadium.
"I watched them put the light up," Bell said. "I want to hear the speaker system say 'first and ten' or 'touchdown.'"
But some time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, someone broke several windows at the stadium. The unfinished ticket booth and press box were also damaged.
"We hate to see anything destructive like that, [but] Istrouma is still going on. It hasn't affected what's going on on the campus at all," said Woody Jenkins, a proud graduate of Istrouma and part of the school's advisory committee.
Recently, the High School celebrated a grand reopening after being shut down for several years. It was a reopening that included $24 million in renovations and expansions.
"For people to come here and vandalize something new, something they are trying to keep in the inner city, instead of closing down... I think that's wrong," Bell said.
Police are investigating and the school district says the damage will not stop the stadium from opening on time next year.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
LSU caretakers respond to Mike the Tiger pouncing video
Some Metro Councilmemebers like new road tax plan better than last one
Asian carp a growing concern for fisherman
Remains of local Marine killed in car crash return home Wednesday
Raising Cane's employees fired over video showing unsanitary behavior
LSU Track star Aleia Hobbs happy she could represent her home state...
14-year-old CoCo Gauff wants to be the next star in pro tennis
Pete Jenkins reflects on 2017 season
Temeka Johnson basketball camp about more than the game
Saints looking to fill backfield void during Ingram's 4-game absence