Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 18, 2013

Students suspected in vandalism


Associated Press

WAYNE (AP) — Wayne County’s Board of Education will meet to consider disciplining students suspected of vandalizing a high school.

State Police are investigating the vandalism that occurred Thursday night at Wayne High School.

Sgt. Robert Perry told media outlets as many as 20 seniors are suspected of being involved. No charges have been filed.

“This isn’t just a senior prank,” Perry said. “Whomever’s responsible, it went much further than that.”

Perry said the school held its senior awards night on Thursday.

He said school windows were broken and deer carcasses were smeared in several rooms.

Janitors spent Friday cleaning up the mess, which also included deer urine spread on the chairs, desk and carpet in an assistant principal’s office. Blood from deer meat also seeped under the tile floor.

The school board will meet Monday to decide whether the students involved will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

“A simple prank, we can go on with it, but when it goes too far it’s a disappointment,” Principal Sarah Stapleton said. “These kids we get close to, we develop a relationship with them. When they do something like this, it really creates a problem within the school.”