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Bearden Police Chief: ‘Prank gone wrong’ damages Bearden High School

by Bradly Gill | May 19, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.

A Senior prank that got out of hand caused damaged to Bearden High School over the weekend, Bearden Police Chief Nathan Greeley said.

"I think we had 12 kids, where a window was left open to the school. Twelve kids had entered and you know, were going to do their their senior prank and it's like a senior prank gone wrong, " Greeley said, "One of them took it way too far and and two or three more did a little bit more than what everyone else anticipated on what they were going to do. It was gonna be something simple, you know, like toilet paper the hallways and stuff like that. Not saying that that's right. You know, it's still breaking and entering."

Greeley said the majority of damage, which occurred on a Sunday and was discovered the following Monday, was contained in the science wing of the high school and included two fire extinguishers that were set off which damaged electronics and computers, safety showers that were set off, as well as plumbing that was stopped up, which resulted in flooding in that wing of the school.

According to Greeley, a contracting company was hired to clean up the damages.

Greeley also noted, "There were a lot of good kids, you know, that were involved, that I don't think that they necessarily knew what the outcome of this was going to be... You know, they went in there with the intentions of you know, doing a few things so everybody could get a few laughs and, you know, voluntarily going to clean it up their selves."

Greeley said that no charges have been filed at this time, but they may be later.

"I'll leave it up to the school to their discretion and how they want to handle things. I'm there just to assist and do whatever they need to do," he said.

Greeley did state that the students involved were completing community service before they are allowed to walk in today's graduation ceremony.

Bearden School Superintendent Denny Rozenberg could not be reached by press time regarding estimate of damages or any disciplinary actions taken.

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