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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:00 am

Schools working together in probe

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

An investigation into who damaged bleachers at Bishop Dwenger High School continues. 

“Homestead High School administrators are in contact with school officials at Bishop Dwenger High School after reports of bleacher damage surfaced following Friday's football game,” Homestead Principal Park Ginder said in a statement Monday. “We continue to work with Dwenger staff as the investigation continues.”

Homestead beat Dwenger 17-15 and, during the game, some on social media claimed new bleachers weren't big enough to accommodate the visiting Homestead crowd.

Dwenger Principal Jason Schiffli has said two Homestead students are suspected in the vandalism. 

Nuts, bolts and fasteners were found removed from the stands, and a railing was stolen. It also appeared lighter fluid had been poured on the structure, Schiffli said. It's unclear how much it will cost to repair the damage.

The Homestead Student Section, the school's cheering section, apologized Sunday in a statement posted to Twitter. The statement refers to “uncalled for, disrespectful and immature” actions. 

“We would like to apologize to Homestead's parents and the community for shining a bad light on our school and community,” the post states. “We would also like to apologize for treating this situation badly and not showing the leadership abilities the school deserves.”

mleblanc@jg.net