Destructive senior pranks aren’t limited to just Greenbrier High School.
The keyholes to more than 80 exterior door locks at Howard Middle and Howard High schools near Macon, Ga., were glued shut earlier this month as part of a senior prank. Repairs to the locks will cost about $10,000, according to a news story in The Macon Telegraph.
School custodians found the vandalism when they arrived at school May 2 and couldn’t get inside. A campus police officer subsequently identified one of the students from a surveillance video, and that student later confessed, leading authorities to the other students, a school employee said.
School system officials said they couldn’t say whether the five male students – ages 17 and 18 – were charged or disclose their identities or punishment due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The Bibb County jail didn’t have a record of the students’ arrest.
The students’ families have agreed to split the cost of the repairs.
Columbia County authorities arrested on Friday Greenbrier High seniors 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, said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris in an email.
The fourth girl helped plan the prank, Morris said, but didn’t specify which one.
As punishment, the teens won’t be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies on Saturday.
Columbia County schools Superintendent Charles Nagle said Tuesday that the girls also won’t get their high school diplomas until they pay the $5,100 cost to repair the locks at the school.
In addition, Nagle said the girls were suspended for the rest of the school year, which concludes Friday.
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.