RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s one of the biggest rivalries across the state, but now the Rio Rancho School District said students at both schools have taken it too far.
“Yeah, it gets pretty intense,” Senior at Cleveland, Danielle Lance, said.
Students at Cleveland High School and Rio Rancho High School have taken their rivalry off the field and onto their campuses. District officials said both schools were vandalized on three different nights this week.
First, students at Cleveland high school found the ram symbol tagged on car windows. They also found tags with the words, “we were here first” throughout the school. But the district said those tags found at Cleveland were in chalk and easy to remove.
To get revenge Cleveland students spray-painted “CHS” and other school symbols on Rio Rancho’s campus.
Students said the rivalry heated up this week because of the football game Friday night.
“We’re really hoping the football team wins tonight so we can show them who the bigger school is,” Senior at Rio Rancho, Joseph Glenn, said.
But the district wants students to cut it out.
“It’s embarrassing for the schools that they have students that do this type of thing,” District PIO, Beth Pendergrass, said. “I don’t think they think about the impact this has on how people view their school.”
Some students said the “back-and-forth” is all in good fun.
“It’s harmless but kind of immature,” one student said. “But it spices things up at the same time.”
Others agree with the district and said the rivalry pranks are out of control.
“A rivalry is good but I think it’s gone a little over board,” Lance said.