I’m glad they caught the people responsible for knocking over the Big Indian statue on the New York State Thruway near the Cattaraugus Reservation. Six punks from Clarence High School were arrested for the crime today. These kids are so dumb, they probably didn’t even realize how offensive their act of vandalism was. I’d feel the same way if it were a statue of Martin Luther King or an Irish statue in South Buffalo.

The Kids from Clarence are lucky the owner of the property appears to be taking the high road over the incident. Others would not be so understanding…

“I don’t want to ruin a kid’s life over this,” Cyrus Schindler said when asked whether he’d press charges in connection with the attempted theft, which resulted in the statue being significantly damaged. “I want them to understand [what they did was wrong].”

Hopefully, the statue will be fixed soon. Driving through Irving won’t be the same without it towering over the side of the road. And hopefully, the culprits will get a chance to redeem themselves and realize what they did.

Statue of Indian chief knocked over in act of vandalism