Student vandalizes cliff for prom proposal

Posted at 2:57 PM, May 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-08 15:01:03-04

Ada County, Idaho – A prom proposal could come with some serious consequences for an Idaho teen.

Police say the student vandalized a popular rock climbing area in the black cliffs outside of Boise, just to get a date.

“As a climber we’re just extremely lucky to have something this phenomenal this close to town.”

Jarod Murray says a tightly-knit group of rock climbers work hard, volunteering their time to keep the popular black cliffs area nice.

“There’s a group that comes out here and does a lot of cleaning, trail maintenance, wall maintenance.”

So when rock climbers saw that a high school student used bright pink and purple spray paint on the cliffs for a prom proposal at East Carbody, they were upset.

“It’s just really sad.”

The Ada county Sheriff’s Office says the land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management, but it’s also culturally significant land for Native Americans.

Investigators say the next step is to talk to school resource officers to try and figure out who’s responsible.

The charges could be serious.

“There is a possibility of federal charges for whoever did this,” says Ada County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Patrick Orr.

Climbers are hoping the consequences will come with some cleanup.

“Climbers, we’ll clean it up if we have to but, you know we shouldn’t have to,” says Murray.

“It’s probably I would guess about 8 feet tall. It’s a pretty significant amount of spray paint, it’s permanent, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon,” says Orr.

Climbers say the area isn’t something you can use chemical cleaners on, so it’ll take a lot of elbow grease to get the paint off.