What might have been a harmless high school prank turned into a message of hate and racism. The West Lincoln High School football team played Lincolnton High School on Saturday. The evening prior to, Mike Wirth, who lives across the street from the high school, witnessed approximately 10 young people painting the spirit rock at Lincolnton High School. He said he didn’t think anything of it thinking it was just a high school caper.
There was something to it beyond high school shenanigans. In addition to “WL” being painted over the Lincolnton High School name, swastika symbols were painted on the rock as well as the word “nigger.”
The rock has since been painted over completely black.
When asked for comment, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Allen said that the district was investigating and will hopefully have more information early next week. The Lincolnton Police Department has not been involved at this time, according to Allen.
“This type of action is not tolerated on any campus,” he said. “It is a shame that this has occurred. These actions are not representative of our community or student bodies.”
This is not the first time the Lincolnton High School rock has been vandalized. In September of 2019, references to former principal Tony Worley, who plead guilty to three Class G felonies of sexual activity by a student by a school administrator in 2020, were painted in red across the rock.
The spirit rock at Lincolnton Middle School was painted with Circle-As which is a symbol for anarchy, the words "Hail Satan," swastikas, upside down crosses and the number 666 in 2018.