ROCK HILL Winthrop University police on Sunday found several expletives and a profane message targeted at President Barack Obama spray painted on fuel tanks at the school’s central energy plant facility.
Around 7 a.m., James Rhodes, boiler operator for the university’s facilities management office, called police in reference to vandalism to property. When Campus Police arrived, they found a profanity spray painted on one of the fuel storage tanks, according to a Winthrop police report.
On the same tank, the acronym “YOLO” was etched along with another profanity, the report states. Officers also found an expletive targeted at Obama on the lower brick portion of a transformer substation.
No other property was vandalized. Rhodes was able to remove the paint with a pressure washer. The report mentions that police haven’t identified any suspects or witnesses.
The central energy plant facility houses three high pressure steam boilers capable of producing 148,000 pounds of steam per hour. The boilers heat domestic hot water for 1.75 million square feet of buildings on campus. It’s located behind the facilities management office, adjacent to Winthrop’s water tower and the DiGiorgio Campus Center.