Four teens accused of gluing locks at Greenbrier High School in May pled not guilty to the charges Friday.
Greenbrier seniors Brooklyn Leigh Bella, Dynisha Antionette Clemons, Elizabeth Sutton Metz and Kristin Arey Tannehill – were indicted in July for second degree criminal trespass. They pled not guilty to the charges at an arraignment hearing in Evans.
They were arrested May 14 after three of the seniors allegedly squirted glue into exterior locks at the school on May 11 and caused more than $4,000 in damage, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Described as a “senior prank,” Greenbrier staffers arrived at the school and found the lock cylinders on 43 exterior doors – including those on portable classrooms – had been disabled when someone squirted them full of Super Glue.
A 15-year-old male, whose name has not been released due to his age, was arrested May 17 in connection with the incident. His case is still pending in Columbia County Juvenile Court, Judge Doug Flanagan said.
School officials punished the teens by banning them from their high school graduation ceremony. They also demanded the girls pay to fix the locks before giving them their diplomas or releasing their second semester grades.
Metz is the only one of the four that has not paid her portion of the restitution, according to county School System Superintendent Charles Nagle.
When six Lakeside High School seniors committed the same prank in June 1993, they were also charged with second degree criminal damage to property, suspended from school and barred from taking part in graduation ceremonies. Those students also had to pay restitution before receiving their diplomas.
In January 2006, seven Burke County High School students were arrested when they squirted glue into the locks of 33 doors and two gates, causing about $3,000 in damages, according to a report from The True Citizen.