Former Shawnee Mission South football player charged in vandalism of SM East sheds

Kamau Kimaru's booking photo from the Johnson County's Sheriff's Department.
Kamau Kimaru’s booking photo from the Johnson County’s Sheriff’s Department.

Kamau Kimaru, 18, has an arraignment scheduled in Johnson County District Court next week for a vandalism charge stemming from the defacing of sheds at Shawnee Mission East with anti-Semitic, racial and political graffiti last week.

Kimaru, a senior at Shawnee Mission South, has been a member of the Raiders football and track teams in the past, but was kicked off the football team with two other players by coach Brett Oberzan mid-season. The vandalism incident occurred the night before the SM East-SM South basketball games at SM East.

Kimaru faces a single charge of criminal damage of less than $1,000. Shawnee Mission Director of Safety and Security John Douglass said earlier this week that the district’s police department was still conducting its investigation, and that additional charges may be filed. Kimaru is the only individual to have been charged with a crime to date.

The district’s initial statement on the incident indicated that it had identified eight to 10 individuals who may have been associated with the vandalism. Douglass said Monday the school district had been in touch with the FBI to review whether the incident potentially met classification as a hate crime under federal law.

Kimaru’s arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. next Tuesday, March 7.