Savannah, GA, one of the oldest cities in the Southeastern United States, is known for its historic buildings, architecture, picturesque live oak trees ordained with Spanish moss, a lively tourism industry and a murder rate that multiple police chiefs have been trying to chip away at for years. However, last week another terrible crime was at the top of the city’s radar.
Someone had placed craft googly eyes on a historic statue of Nathaniel Green.
The city’s response on Facebook was swift and decisive. It was clear the government wanted the vandal brought to justice:
Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare. It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a crime.
We are hoping to find the person responsible! If you have information, please call Savannah Police Department
From a distance, the eyes are barely visible, but that doesn’t detract from the apparent severity of the crime:
The city is demanding answers, and due to some viral news coverage and social media shares (over 27,000 at last count), they are getting plenty, just not the kind they’re looking for. The comments are pretty much exactly what you would expect.
Savannah police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson talked to Buzzfeed News about the issue:
“If we didn’t do anything this thing could get out of hand,” Johnson told the news site. “We want people to understand we don’t want to see this kind of thing happening. They need to know they can’t go around doing whatever they want to our statues.”
The stickers reportedly caused no permanent damage to the statue.