Now, the Calvert County Sheriff's Office says they've taken 5 people into custody -- each of whom has been charged with 2 counts of Malicious Destruction of Property less than $1000 and 1 count of 4th Degree Burglary.
All of the suspects are 18-years-old, according to law enforcement.
Disturbing scene in Maryland over the weekend ... some scumbags vandalized a high school football field with racist language -- and now, cops say they're on the hunt for the culprits.
The graffiti was sprayed near the 50-yard line at Calvert High School's football stadium in Prince Frederick, MD. ... with the several racist messages including, "F**k n*****s."
Community leaders said in a Facebook post a 15-year-old Black student discovered the vandalism early Sunday morning ... and believe it "may possibly be a response to a picture" of the school's football coach supporting the H.S.'s new Black principal.
Cops say they believe the vandalism was done sometime Saturday night ... with school officials adding other parts of the campus were also broken into and tagged as part of the same incident.
After the graffiti was cleared up, the school spelled out a different message on the field -- "No Hate Here."
"We are sad and angry that these racist messages occurred on school grounds," superintendent Dr. Daniel D. Curry said in a statement. "This racist language hurts the school system and the Calvert County community."
"Calvert County Public Schools promotes an anti-racist environment and denounces hate and discrimination."
Both cops and school officials say they have no leads on suspects at this time ... with a school spokesperson telling TMZ Sports there are no cameras that overlook the football field.