Multiple arrests made for Valdosta High School prank
Graffiti, live insects and a busted drink machine were just a few of the problems school administrators at Valdosta High School were left to clean up after multiple teens broke into the school on March 27.
Officials with the Valdosta Police Department say that teens were found shortly before 10 p.m. as they were leaving the school parking lot.
The officer began investigating the building after seeing smoke, which later turned out to be fire extinguishers being discharged according to the Valdosta Fire Department, coming out of a door in the cafeteria. Three teens that were inside the building fled into the woods after seeing law enforcement.
Officers found that multiple instances of damage totaling over $4,000 including:
- Overturned tables
- Vegetable oil had been poured out and then spread onto the floor in multiple locations.
- Liquid soap had been poured on tables, floors and squirted onto several lockers.
- Pickle relish and eggs had been thrown on several walls.
- Red spray paint had been used to spray graffiti on several walls.
- Live worms and crickets dumped inside the school.
- A destroyed vending machine
- A disabled security camera
- Multiple fire extinguishers discharged in the gym and cafeteria
Those arrested and charged with felony burglary include:
- 18-year- old Anijhan Marshall
- 18-year- old Joshua Henry
- 18-year- old Patreccee Berrian
- 21-year- old Marcus Floyd
- 20-year- old Destinee Holmes
- 18-year- oldTamarius Askew
- 18-year- old Diamond Davis
- 18-year- old Darren Davis
- 19-year- old Jacquavious Johnson
Additionally, four 17 year olds were also arrested and charged with felony burglary. One juvenile was arrested and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Police say that they are still seeking one juvenile and two adults in connection to the case.
“This case appeared to be a high school prank that went badly. However, the law was in fact violated; thousands of dollars of property was damage occurred that someone has to pay, in addition to the manpower wasted because school staff spent hours cleaning up the building and making repairs. The police department takes no joy in charging these youths with felony offenses but this went well beyond a joke or prank,” said VPD Lieutenant Adam Bembry.