Students break in to Trumann High School for senior prank

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Eleven Trumann High School students have been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespassing in response to a senior call "prank" over the weekend. The students also have been suspended from school for 10 days.

According to the Trumann Police Department, patrolman Charles Jones was called to Trumann High School at about 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, to investigate an incident of vandalism.

What he found was a courtyard filled with forks and hallways strewn with yarn, toilet paper and silly string. The students also allegedly used sidewalk chalk and shoe polish to write on walls, windows, doors and sidewalks. Many tables and chairs were stacked in the hallway with plastic wrap binding them together.

Trumann High School has a long tradition of seniors pulling a "prank" during their final year of school. Lt. Lenny Becker with the Trumann Police Department stressed there was no permanent damage to the school. According to the report, planning for the event allegedly began while seniors were working on their homecoming float. The report noted none of the students were in possession of a key to the high school. They obtained access by climbing on the roof and dropping down into the courtyard.

In his narrative, Jones noted he was called to Walmart at midnight Sunday by employees who said they had seen several teenagers come in wearing all black. He was told the teenagers purchased multiple items which could be used for mischief.

The incident was reported to police Monday morning by THS principal Wanda VanDyke.

Each of the seniors told police there was an agreement not to do any permanent damage to the school. They had expected to be caught with the punishment of cleaning up the school.

According to the police report, all of the students were cited and released. The juveniles (those under age 18) will appear in juvenile court in Harrisburg at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. The court date for those who are 18 has not yet been determined.

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