PLEASANTON -- A prank at Foothill High School last week went from perverse to pricey after a group of vandals burned an explicit image into the football field and effectively kicked a bill to the school district for about $10,000, officials said.
Photos began circulating last weekend over social media that show the lewd outline emblazoned across the football field at 4375 Foothill Road, measuring about 21 feet long and 3 to 6 feet wide, Pleasanton Police Sgt. Maria Munayer said. School administrators reported the vandalism about 7:50 a.m. Sept. 20, and hustled to fix the problem before the team's football game that evening against Napa's Vintage High School.
While the Astro-Turf was not fully repaired until early this week, administrators said, crews were able to effectively conceal the defaced section of the field before the game.
"I certainly hope it wasn't visible," said Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent for the Pleasanton Unified School District. "We took care of what we needed to before the game."
Munayer said the crude image was burned into the turf using lighter fluid, either poured or sprayed onto the surface of the field. Neither the police nor the school district have named any suspects at this time.
"We have been investigating, and we have some leads," Ahmadi said. "If it is a student, they will have consequences, and they know what those are. When students decide to do things that are destructive and inappropriate, they know what the expectation is."
While no exact damage estimate was immediately available, School Resource Officer Ryan Dawson said the insurance claim was rumored to be in the ballpark of $10,000. School administators are questioning students at the school, and the investigation is ongoing.