A vandalism incident at New Canaan High School overnight that caused significant damage to the school was reportedly the work of five Darien football players who reportedly have been suspended from the team on the eve of its key football game with the Rams.
According to the New Canaan News, the New Canaan police have identified the players involved. A source familiar with the details, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the perpetrators are five significant members of the team who have had their lockers cleaned out.
People at New Canaan said the campus had graffiti on nearly every door leading into the school, which were painted in Darien’s team royal blue color. The damage included a number of expletives, obscene drawings and other derogatory remarks about New Canaan. The entranceway to the Rams’ football stadium also was spray-painted in several areas.
This incident comes just over 24 hours before Darien and New Canaan meet in their annual Turkey Bowl showdown. The Blue Wave, which won the FCIAC championship last Friday night, are 10-0 and looking to secure a home game in the CIAC Class L Tournament. New Canaan (8-1) needs a win tomorrow to qualify for the state playoffs.
Efforts to reach Darien football coach Rob Trifone and athletic director John Keleher have been unsuccessful.
New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli refused to comment.
New Canaan athletic director Jay Egan said, “This is a very unfortunate incident, but we are very satisfied with the way the Darien administration has handled this and we have always had a very positive relationship between the two programs and the two schools.
We will keep you updated as more information develops.