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'Sully' statue on Texas A&M campus found defaced with graffiti

Texas A&M University police believe the statue was vandalized over Tuesday night.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University Police Department is investigating after the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, or "Sully"  was vandalized. 

According to police, the statue was covered in graffiti and whoever is responsible faces a state jail felony punishment of "confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days" and a possible fine of up to $10,000. 

Officers believe the statue was vandalized over Tuesday night. 

A Facebook status from the Black Lives Matter B/CS chapter said, "No one with any affiliation with Black Lives Matter Bryan/College Station has had anything to do with vandalizing the Sully statute on Texas A&M’s campus."

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Officials put up a construction barrier and cones around the statue and a blue tarp over the statue Wednesday afternoon. 

Pennies have been seen around the statue's barrier, likely in reference to a student tradition to put a penny by "Sully" to get a good grade on a test.

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