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Vandalism at SL schools linked to athletic director decision

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Police responded to a call at Spring Lake High School on 148th Avenue this morning when graffitti was discovered at two of the school entrances, said Sgt. Curt Theune of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department.

A related incident was reported at the school’s central offices on Hammond Street when staff found a brick with a note attached that had been thrown at a window. The multi-page note was attached to the brick by tape and was addressed to “Mr. Furton” (Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton), Theune said.

The note basically asked Furton to “come clean” and “admit wrong doings” in relation to the reprimand against Spring Lake Athletic Director Cavin Mohrhardt, Theune said.

As of Thursday afternoon, police had still not made any arrests. Officers said they are investigating the incident and hope to have answers soon.

The reprimand was given after Mohrhardt admitted he made the comment to a Newaygo parent, “I’m not going to kiss your butt,” following a high school basketball game on Jan. 24 between Spring Lake and Newaygo. The comment was made after the parent demanded action for what he claimed were harrassing words from Spring Lake students.

Theune said video from a camera at Spring Lake High School put the time of the vandalism between 2 and 2:15 a.m. today.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Spring Lake/Ferrysburg police at 842-1889, or Silent Observer at 616-994-7851.

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