State police have filed charged against four teens and said charges are pending for another juvenile after vandalism at Wilcox Regional Technical High School in Meriden was discovered just hours before graduation.
Seniors graduating Tuesday night were outraged after finding parts of the school vandalized with eggs and the chairs that were set up for the ceremony were knocked over the morning of the event.
In an email to the school community, Principal Joyce Mowrey wrote “a very small group of students thought they would disrupt our year's final celebration.”
Members of the senior class told NBC Connecticut that students from the junior class were responsible for the vandalism, including egging the graduation stage chairs and knocking the chairs over. In all, the vandalism caused $2,500 worth of damage, according to state police.
According to the principal, the pranksters also shot a paintball gun in the area set up for the ceremony behind the school.
State police have charged a 16-year-old boy, two 17-year-old boys and 18-year-old Anthony Alsonso Fuentes, of Meriden, and said they have been charged with third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal mischief.
Members of the senior class helped put the chairs back in order and the school, which is run by the Connecticut Department of Education, called in a professional cleaning company.
The principal in the email said the students responsible for the vandalism will face consequences from State Police and the Department of Education.
State police said all students involved have been suspended and “are pending expulsion.”