JASPER, TN (Times Free Press) — Less than two weeks after the football field house at Marion County High School was vandalized, a joint investigation by the Jasper police and the Marion County Sheriff's Department has led to a shocking arrest Wednesday morning. In a bizarre twist, Marion County teacher and assistant football coach Michael Schmitt was arrested and booked into the Marion County jail on charges of vandalism.

The Sheriff's department would not confirm whether other coaches on the Warriors' staff were also involved or had knowledge of Schmitt's actions but did say the investigation is still ongoing.

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In the early-morning hours of Friday, Nov. 1, the day of the Marion County vs. South Pittsburg prep football game, orange and black spray paint — South Pittsburg's school colors — was used to write vulgarities on the side doors and along the backside of the field house as well as a storage building and on the concrete parking lot. According to Marion County schools superintendent Mark Griffith, the vandal's damage totaled "several thousand dollars".

Trash was scattered around the field house, derogatory names toward Marion coaches and players as well as a large power 'P' — South Pittsburg's logo — were painted on the buildings to make it look like Pirates supporters were the culprits.

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