Tyler Rathbun memorial at SM East cleaned up after vandalism

The memorial to Tyler Rathbun had been cleaned up and restored to its former condition by Sunday morning.
The memorial to Tyler Rathbun had been cleaned up and restored to its former condition by Sunday morning.

Sometimes high school students do stupid things. Last week appears to be one of those times.

Ahead of Friday’s SM East vs. SM South basketball games, someone drove over the parking lot memorial to Tyler Rathbun, the SM East student who was killed in a Miami County ATV accident in 2012.

The act of vandalism prompted outrage from SM East history teacher David Muhammad, a SM South graduate. Muhammad posted a photo showing the damage done to the memorial on Instagram with a message decrying the act as “unacceptable”:

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Tyler’s father Clay said the family had anticipated the memorial might suffer damage at some point.

“I thought it was just a matter of time before something like this happened,” Clay Rathbun said. “But whatever happens going forward, it was and will always be a very special place for Theresa, Alex [Tyler’s brother] and myself. Thanks to all of Tyler’s friends for making that little corner such a special place.”

By Sunday morning, the memorial had been restored to its previous condition. SM East principal John McKinney said he didn’t know specifically who had taken it upon themselves to handle the clean up, but that several former and current students have volunteered to maintain the memorial site on an ongoing basis.