Gordon County Superintendent, Bill McCown, said the schools’ first response to break-ins or vandalisms is unusually is to lock the affected facility, but in this case, he said, he hopes to avoid this and leave the GC complex open for community use.
“We would really like to ask the community to be vigilant and watch for break-ins, “he said. “ Anyone with information are encourage to contact me or the Sheriff’s Office.”
Adolescents are believed to have caused the break-ins, that happened late Saturday night, Sept. 17, and late Friday night, Aug. 26, said Gordon Central head track and assistant football coach John Rainwater.
“They have damaged the doors extensively where they’ve pried it open,” he said. “You can also tell it’s smaller feet by the shoe prints of them climbing over stuff.”
Rainwater discovered bubble gum strung on the concession stand walls last Sunday, Sept. 18, after a coaches meeting, along with food thrown all over, and damage to the concession stand doors.
The first break-in occurred after the GC away game in August against Model High School in Rome; Rainwater said those who broke in appeared to have had “a picnic.”
“They took cookie dough and candy out to the picnic tables and appears to have had a good time,” he said.
Rainwater said the most expensive problem was the damage to the doors, which the school’s insurance covered.
McCown said normally, the school’s first response would be to lock the facility completely, but since the complex receives a lot of community traffic school officials want that to be the last option.
“We’ll have 20 or 30 walkers on the track at any given time,” said Rainwater. “They come and they walk with their families, and w want to make sure we can keep that available to them.”
Rainwater said the school is currently in the process of securing the athletic complex more by updating security cameras and installing cameras in the parking lot area.
“We don’t want to lose the community, because it (the athletic complex) keeps our community healthy by being active,” he said. “We want people to come and feel it’s a good and safe place.”
Those with information are encouraged to contact McCown at 706-629-7366 or the Sheriff’s Office at 706- 629-1245.