Twiggs school officials believe they have ID’d senior prank vandals

Twiggs County school officials are not laughing over a senior prank that has custodians spending their weekend cleaning up the school.

Superintendent Elgin Dixon said video surveillance cameras captured nine students going throughout the building turning over desks, knocking books off shelves, spray painting and toilet-papering the building inside and out.

Dixon said he warned seniors Thursday against pranks, and that they would be held out of graduation if they caused any damage.

“I’m very disappointed this has happened,” he said.

The students wore masks, but from their body types and motions, Dixon said administrators are certain they have identified at least eight of the students. He expects those students to identify the ninth.

Dixon said the students haven’t been arrested yet, but they will be called into the school Monday with their parents and he expects they will face criminal charges. The incident is being investigated by the school system’s police department.

The students won’t march in the graduation ceremony, he said, and they won’t get their diplomas at all until they pay what is expected to be thousands of dollars in restitution for cleanup costs.

Dixon said 10 custodians are working throughout the weekend to clean up the school, and it will be ready to go Monday as scheduled. Friday is the last day of school.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.