Church Hill Middle vandals allegedly painted racist, satanic messages on wall

Jeff Bobo • Feb 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — Four young adults are facing burglary and vandalism charges after they allegedly broke into Church Hill Middle School Friday night and spray painted racist and satanic messages on the hallway walls.

Among the messages spray painted included “KKK” and “Satan Rock”.

Church Hill Police Department Chief Chad Mosley told the Times News Monday that the four boys entered the school at around 10 p.m. Friday, and began tagging graffiti on the walls.

Mosley said nothing was stolen and they didn't do any damage other than spray painting.

All four suspects were from Church Hill, live close to each other and range in age from 18 to 22.

CHPD Detective Kevin Grigsby acquired video surveillance from the school and circulated images from that video to officers in the area.

Mosley said the suspects were identified and arrested Sunday morning.

They were identified as Trevor Golden, 22, Aidan Dubois, 18, Tyler Phillips, 18, and Hunter Rimer, 19.

“All of them are definitely old enough to know better,” Mosley said. “They were all neighbors and lived within walking distance to each other. For whatever reason they decided to vandalize the school.”

Mosley added, “They entered a couple of classrooms just to see, but nothing taken, nothing damaged inside the classrooms.”

Director of school Matt Hixson told the Times News Monday that school staff had worked to get the graffiti off the school walls Saturday and Sunday. When school resumes Tuesday the walls will be clean, Hixson said.

All four are expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

Burglary is a Class D felony punishable by 2-4 years if convicted.