Four Greenbrier High School students were arrested on Friday for a senior prank.
Columbia County authorities last week arrested Brooklyn Leigh Bella, 17; Elizabeth Sutton Metz, 17; Dynisha Antoinette Clemons, 17; and Kristin Arey Tannehill, 18; with second degree criminal damage to property, a felony, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Three of the seniors allegedly squirted super glue onto 43 exterior locks at the school Thursday evening, causing more than $4,000 in damage, said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris in an email.
The fourth girl helped plan the prank, Morris said, but didn’t specify which one.
The vandalism was discovered Friday morning as school opened.
School officials offered a reward and suspended senior privileges until tips provided to deputies uncovered the four charged, Morris said.
All four teens were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday and released after each posted $2,600 bonds, Morris said.
In addition to their arrests, schools Superintendent Charles Nagle said the girls were suspended for the rest of the school year, which concludes Friday.
However, Nagle said the girls will be allowed back into the school to take their final exams. Any exam exemptions the seniors might have earned with good grades and attendance were lost when they were suspended.
Officials had not yet decided as of Monday if the girls will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies on Saturday, said Greenbrier High Principal Chris Segraves.
When six Lakeside High School seniors committed the same prank in June 1993, they too were charged with second degree criminal damage to property, were 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 super glue into the locks of 33 doors and two gates, causing about $3,000 in damages, according to a report from The True Citizen.