A four-wheeler and trailer were destroyed by arson and a truck was damaged by fire and graffiti at the home of high school principal Troy Young early Friday morning.
Young said his wife left for Black Friday shopping just after 3 a.m. and everything was fine. Around 5 a.m. he heard someone beating on his door after a passerby saw the fire.
The trailer was attached to Young’s pickup truck, which was also damaged by fire. On each side of the truck someone spray painted, “4 N 4 Ag.”
The loss of an agriculture teacher position at the high school caused an emotional stir in the community several years ago. Just recently two new school board members with backgrounds in agriculture were elected and the high school agriculture program is again the topic of many conversations.
Even so, members of the community are urging people to not jump to conclusions and allow law enforcement time to complete their investigation.
The two new board members, Jonathan Gaskins and Daniel Adams, were quick to condemn the attack on Young’s property.
“They don’t represent us at all,” Gaskins said about the person or people who caused the damage. “It’s kind of shocking that someone would do that. If anything it would hurt our chances of getting that ag position back. That won’t be tolerated.”
“I am disappointed. This does not represent the people I know–the community I know. This does not represent the people who supported me in the election,” Adams said. “It will not be condoned or tolerated and they should be punished to fullest extent of law.”
State Rep. John “Bam” Carney, who is a school teacher in Taylor County, said any act against someone in education because of their work should be treated very seriously.
“If this is proven to be related to school every charge that can be needs to be added,” Carney said. “We will not tolerate school officials being attacked at their home.”
Young said he was shocked by the attack and does not know who is to blame. He said he received threats when the ag position was eliminated but “I thought that was water under the bridge.”
Kentucky State Police is investigating the incident.