Senior prank vandalism lands students in hot water

They’re ticketed for trespassing, disciplined by school for stunts that included worms in hallways
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton Police Department issued trespassing citations to seven Grafton High School seniors who pulled end-of-year pranks at the school on May 21 and 22.

Grafton School District Supt. Jeff Nelson said the students were disciplined for violating school rules and paid restitution for the vandalism. He would not comment on what type of punishment they received, but said the seniors were able to participate in the May 27 graduation ceremony. 

“When kids make poor choices we try to teach them that their actions have consequences, which is part of the educational process that we have even as they’re leaving the district,” Nelson said.

Both incidents were discovered by school employees when they arrived for work in the morning.

Officials said that surveillance video showed three 18-year-old female students wearing black clothes and covering their faces with hoods or ski masks pouring baby oil mixed with white powder in the hallways at approximately 1 a.m. Monday, May 21. 

Live worms were placed outside some classrooms and Vaseline was slathered on the doors. The students also left several large “Class of 2018” helium balloons along with beads and glitter scattered around the hallways.

Surveillance video from Walmart in Saukville showed them buying balloons and other items used in the incident. The students admitted to the vandalism and said they entered the school through an unlocked door near the gym, Nelson said.

The following evening, five male students wearing bandanas around their faces entered the school at approximately 1 a.m.

They scattered wood shavings that were soaked in water on the floor and placed Solo drink cups on the floor to read “2018.” They also setup a beer pong table in the lobby, officials said.

Again, officials said, police identified the students using Walmart surveillance video showing them buying their supplies. Only four of the five seniors were recorded on the store’s surveillance video, and police and school officials are currently working to identify the fifth student.  

One admitted the group entered the high school through the construction area. 

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