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SCDNR Cracks Down on Vandals at Bald Rock

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Officer Kenny League said in the past few months the amount of graffiti on the rock has grown and is getting out of hand. Officer Kenny League said in the past few months the amount of graffiti on the rock has grown and is getting out of hand.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. - The Department of Natural Resources said the popular view that attracts even more people as the leaves turn, is being destroyed by vandals.

Bald Rock in Greenville County attracts many visitors but officials told 7 On Your Side that if people don't stop spraying paint all over the large rock, it may not be there for them to enjoy.

Officer Kenny League said in the past few months the amount of graffiti on the rock has grown and is getting out of hand.

"It looks like something in a carnival side show and we've got families up here, parents assisting their children in spray painting messages on there. They see it up here and think it's ok for everyone else to add to it, said League".

Officers said people are defacing a part of nature and the environment. Near the rock, parts of tree stumps and trails were painted on. In certain places officers said people likely put their safety at risk to write their names and it must stop.

"There are some products that might aid DNR in doing this but they're expensive, labor intensive and you run the risk of defacing the area you're trying to protect, said League ".

7 On Your Side ran in to Greg Taylor and his daughter who were driving around Wednesday and decided to stop at Bald Rock. While taking pictures with his phone, he seemed to be considering the shot carefully.

"It's sad," said Taylor. He said he grew up in the area and came to Bald Rock when he was much younger. He said the rock has changed a lot since the last time he'd been there.

"Thirty or forty years ago this wasn't here but today people,whether they're tagging or trying to have fun, they're defacing beauty." said Taylor.

Officers told 7 On Your Side if you’re caught vandalizing the state property you’ll receive a fine of $265-$1000. You may also have to complete community service and clean it up.

"They don't have to deface it to enjoy it but when they tag it, they're trying to make a statement of who they are and we don't care. Leave nature alone," said Taylor.

If you see anyone vandalizing anything where you are you can call 1 800 922 5431.
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