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Spray-Painting Streets - Back-to-School Prank, or School Spirit?

Some neighbors were surprised to find this symbol - which looks similar to the Woodson High logo - painted on streets in their neighborhoods last week.

Some Fairfax neighbors were surprised to find this symbol - the Woodson logo? - painted on their streets recently. (Patch reader photo)
Some Fairfax neighbors were surprised to find this symbol - the Woodson logo? - painted on their streets recently. (Patch reader photo)
A new school year is underway. Sometimes, start-of-the-school-year pranks are the norm.

Could this be a new one?

Some residents were surprised to find this symbol - which looks strikingly similar to the Woodson High School logo - spray-painted on street entrances to their neighborhoods last week. 

In particular, residents of the Long Branch, Truro and Olde Creek communities reported the symbol being painted near the entrances their neighborhoods.


"It's obviously a prank," said one resident. "I learned about this at a block party on my street last week, and a few of my neighbors were unhappy or surprised about it."

The resident said, as far as she knew, no one had reported the symbols to the police.

"Maybe they will wash away the next time it rains, but they are there for all to see now," the neighbor added.

A public information officer for Fairfax County Police said the department often takes graffiti reports, but they could not definitively connect any reports with start-of-the-school pranks at this time.

Woodson High School Principal Jeff Yost said in an e-mail to Patch on Monday, "The W and crossed sabers were a surprise to all of us." 

What do you think of the spray-painted symbols? Innocent school prank, or damaging vandalism? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jennifer Leeper Hancock September 10, 2013 at 08:25 AM
I think they are a nice reflection of our community spurt for the school. There's one on my street and I don't mind a bit.
Jennifer van der Kleut September 10, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Nice to hear people support them! Any other thoughts from other residents?
Lori Berry Hannan September 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM
I love that the kids in the area are showing some school spirit. I saw one of these last week and it made me smile. Go CAVS.
Janice Miller September 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Very similar to the logos Fairfax City painted on the streets to welcome GMU students. What's good for one group of students is good for another group of students.
barbara wagner September 10, 2013 at 04:22 PM
BW Glad to see the same school spirit in the county as in the city. See nothing wrong with it.

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