Sixty-Two teens in Teaneck, NJ got their first experience with the real world after allegedly trashing their school in a prank that went terribly wrong.
The students were rounded up in a line, handcuffed one by one and hauled away in police vans after police arrived at the school around 2:30 Thursday morning and found graffiti on the walls, hot dogs taped to lockers, urine in the hallways and desks and chairs flipped over.
About twenty-four of the students were 18 years or older and therefore charged with burglary and criminal mischief. The other thirty-six were released to their parents.
Teaneck Police Sgt. John Garland said: “I just don’t believe that a lot of them realize the seriousness of it as far as breaking into a building. That’s a burglary and I don’t think they understand that. It’s a very serious offense.”Although some might have thought it to be a silly prank, the police were somber.”
Parent reaction was mixed as some felt police involvement was an overreaction and others realizing the serious nature of the incident.
Those students that chose not to participate could breathe a sigh of relief as one said, “I didn’t take part because I knew the consequences I was going to face. I’m a football player; I’m an athlete, so I didn’t want my scholarships taken away from me.”
Perhaps those parents who felt it was no big deal should have participated in the cleaning and costs involved as crews worked through the night to prepare for Thursday’s classes.
Kids need to learn, fun should not infringe upon others.
Read more: AJC