Three charged in vandalism at Johnson High School

Staff Reports

Three people — teenagers but adults in the eyes of the law — have been charged in connection with graffiti at Johnson High School in October.

Two seventeen-year-olds from Buda and Timothy Allen Sharp, 18, from Kyle were charged with graffiti of a school, a state jail felony.

All three were booked into Hays County Jail Nov. 19 and released on bond the next day after seeing a judge. Two of the three attended Hays High School and the other attended the Live Oak Academy. A fourth person seen in video from the scene was not charged 

According to Lt. Dennis Gutierrez of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were notified of the incident on Sunday, Oct. 20, that the front doors of the high school were open and had graffiti on them. Arriving deputies saw lettering spray painted on the door and glass and also on pillars.

On the following day, the School Resource Officer was notified that there was more graffiti found at the football/track field. There was graffiti spray painted on the turf on the football field and the surrounding track as well as graffiti on the track and field station and the visitor’s stadium seating. 

Total damages were approximately $160,000 with the most significant portion being the replacement of the track and the center logo on the football field. Each could not be partially fixed due to the color scheme of the track and logo. 

After reviewing school cameras, receiving a Crime Stoppers tip, and interviewing several students, investigators were able to identify all four of the subjects that were seen on the school video camera. Warrants were issued and three of the four surrendered themselves.

Gutierrez would not release further details as the investigation is ongoing.

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