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Tuesday, September 2 2014, 07:48 PM EDT
Vandals Strike Dade County High School
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Trenton Police believe they know the men responsible for vandalism outside of Dade County High School.

Police say they're responsible for spray painting graffiti all over the field house and several signs outside the school.

Authorities say it happened Monday morning when the school was closed for Labor Day.

The surveillance photo shows two men wearing grey hoodies outside of the school.

School officials say they planned to have it all cleaned up by Tuesday evening.

Police say the vandals also broke out a window at the front door of the school.

They also spray painted the letters 'NSM' around campus - which school officials say likely stands for North Sand Mountain - a rival high school Dade County played against on Friday.

"If you've got some issue, come and talk with us, but don't do something like that. That's rather cowardly," said Superintendent Cheri Swader.

So the question might be floating around - is this graffiti at Dade County High in retaliation from Friday's football game?  And in case you're wondering, Dade County won that game by far.

"It is a rivalry, but we've got a good relationship with our Sand Mountain folks, but I don't think it was them," said Swader.

And neither do police.  From looking at the video - investigators believe the vandals are in their late teens to early 20's - and are likely from Dade County.

"They were just up to no good. Trying to vandalize and be destructive," said Detective Tim Mitchell.

Police are hoping to catch these men before it's too late.

"We do need to stop them early before they become more destructive and cause more damage to the school or any other building in the area," said Detective Mitchell.

Now, the school system is stuck with a bill of nearly $7,000 to clean up all this graffiti.

"We take pride in our school and I think our students take pride in it," said superintendent Swader.

Again, no one has been arrested. Police say if captured, the men could face felony charges.

By Jerry Askin
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Vandals struck Dade County High School over the Labor Day weekend, according to Superintendent Cherie Swader.

Most of the damage has been cleaned up.

Vandals hit the field house, football field, and spray painted a couple signs at the school.

The vandals never got into the school though but did do some damage to a window on the front door.

We're told school officials do have surveillance video.

NewsChannel9's Jerry Askin is in Dade County and will have more on this story later this evening.Vandals Strike Dade County High School

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