Two people have been charged with ripping the ear off Penn State’s Nittany Lion shrine, according to multiple reports.
Authorities say a 19-year-old from Connecticut and an 18-year-old from North Carolina are facing charges of criminal mischief and tampering with evidence in connection with the damage caused to the Nittany Lion Shrine.
The ear on the right side of the statue was broken off and found nearby Feb. 24. The incident happened during the weekend’s State Patty’s Day celebrations, an unofficial campus holiday that has led to several alcohol-related arrests in the past.
According to PennLive, the two defendants received citations with a fine of nearly $500. A hearing is scheduled for April 17.
Per The Collegian, this is the third time the Shrines’s ear has been damaged in an act of vandalism. The Nittany Lion Shrine was restored to its full glory after this most recent incident.
Surprise! I'm all better. Thanks to @PennStateOPP for fixing me up. 👏
Maybe let's keep the celebratory ear rubs to a minimum for a little while 😹 pic.twitter.com/ia0wkVL4zV
— The Nittany Lion (@NittanyLion) February 28, 2018