Four teenagers have been charged in connection to racist and antisemitic vandalism left on Blue Valley High School’s football stadium press box earlier this month.
The teens are all charged with felonies
- The office of Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced the charges in a statement Monday night.
- The teens are charged with two felony counts each: one count of burglary and one count of criminal damage resulting in between $1,000 and $25,000 in damage.
- Charging documents indicate the alleged crimes took place on Sunday, Jan. 15, the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, at the school in Overland Park.
Three of those charged are juveniles
- Two of the teens charged are 16 and another is 17.
- The Post is not identifying these individuals because they are juveniles.
- Court records show two of the juveniles are from Overland Park and one is from Excelsior Springs, Mo.
- The 17-year-old is listed as a student most recently at Blue Valley Academy, the Blue Valley School District’s alternative high school, and a former student of Blue Valley High.
- Court records show one of the 16-year-olds was most recently a student at Grandview High School in Missouri, while no education information is listed for the other 16-year-old.
A fourth person charged is 18 years old
- Court records identify the fourth person charged as Wade Schemenaur, 18, of Kansas City, Mo.
- Court records indicate Schemenaur was taken into custody on Monday and posted $2,500 bond.
- He is set to make his first court appearance on Feb. 8.
The vandalism included swastikas and racist slurs
- The vandalism to Blue Valley High’s football stadium press box was first reported on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
- According to different community groups, the vandalism included swastikas and other racist and homophobic slurs.
- In an email to families sent on MLK Day, Blue Valley High Principal Charles Golden said: “The vandalism includes the destruction of property, graphic images and vulgar and racially offensive language. Hate like this has no place at Blue Valley High and is not representative of our Tiger community.”
School, community groups offer support after incident
- In the week after the vandalism was discovered, Blue Valley High made counselors available to talk with students in need.
- Emma Sandler, a Blue Valley senior who is Jewish and also a youth leader with local nonprofit SevenDays, told the Post she still wants to see more education and discussion about antisemitism and racism.
- District officials say the school is looking into Sandler’s request, but an action plan has yet to be put in place.
- The Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee of Kansas City said the organization is “prepared to continue to work with the district” to provide support around responding to the vandalism.