Originally published November 6, 2010 at 09:11a.m., updated November 6, 2010 at 11:14a.m.

Jayhawk statue and ATMs at Kansas Union damaged overnight



Vandals unbolted the Big Jay at the Kansas Union. The damage was discovered Saturday morning around 7:45 a.m. by KU staff.


The front plates on two ATMs at the Kansas Union were reported damaged Saturday morning.

The Classic Jayhawk sculpture in front of the Kansas Union was discovered damaged Saturday morning in what could have been a foiled attempt to kidnap the statue just hours before the Kansas University football team took the field against Colorado.

The damaged bird was discovered about 7:45 a.m. by a KU maintenance employee, who then notified emergency dispatchers of the incident.

Vandalism to Jayhawk statues has been an issue since the 30 pieces of art were put on display for Jayhawks on Parade in 2003. The various versions of the KU icon have endured much in the last seven years. They’ve been blown up, had legs removed, perches toppled, accessories stolen and even been left for dead, headless in a dumpster. Bolts were removed and the statue was moved slightly in this most recent act of vandalism.

The Classic Jayhawk outside the union is not even the original. The sculpture that now greets generations of Jayhawks is a replacement. The switch was made in 2006 after attacks on the original version compromised the statue’s structural integrity. A new, stronger version was put in its place to withstand the demands of the high traffic area.

Two ATMs inside a small alcove of the Kansas Union were also damaged. The front plates of the machines were reportedly opened but it was unclear if any money had been taken.

Reports late Saturday afternoon stated the targeted Jayhawk statue had been removed from outside the union.

A spokesperson from the KU Department of Public Safety said there was no additional information to release regarding the case.


Gary Wirsig 11 years, 7 months ago

Hopefully surveillance cameras were able to catch some of the action for investigators.

sdoyel 11 years, 7 months ago

This is all Gill's fault. Fire Gill!

frid22 11 years, 7 months ago

That Jayhawk really tied the room together

basty 11 years, 7 months ago

. . . you don't have to come and confess, we're looking for you. You are so dumb, you are really dumb. for real.

okjhok 11 years, 7 months ago

hide your kids, hide your wife...and hide your husband too, 'cause they're rapin' errbody out there

yovoy 11 years, 7 months ago

We got your t-shirt, you done left fingerprints and are so duuumb. you are really dumb. fo' real.

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years, 7 months ago

drunk d bags. i hope they crashed into a tree after their failed attempt to vandalize a school they could not get into even if they were the chancellor's kids

jayhawkboogeyman 11 years, 7 months ago

The Jayhawk was unbolted from the ground and moved slightly? Prosecutor should seek the death penalty for that.

jayhawkboogeyman 11 years, 7 months ago

The Jayhawk was unbolted from the ground and moved slightly? Prosecutor should seek the death penalty for that.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 7 months ago

The work of hooligans!

The Plan:

*get drunk

*get a wrench

*unbolt Big Jay statue (discoverd that Big Jay statue won't fit in car)

*withdraw cash from ATM (too drunk to remember password/jack up the ATM)

(too drunk to remember the rest of the plan)

Carter Patterson 11 years, 7 months ago

This is intolerable! Burn Manhattan! Burn Columbia!

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