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Police continue to investigate Jefferson High School break-in

April 04, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police on Thursday said they were continuing to investigate an incident this week in which 17 students broke into Jefferson High School.

Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department met with Jefferson County Schools officials Thursday to get a more-detailed report on damages to the school, Lt. Dave Colbert said.

The group broke into the school about 11 p.m. Sunday. Officials say access was made through a hatch in the roof.

Once inside, the students hid 31 telephones in ceilings and dragged 600 desks into hallways, scratching floors, police said.

The students also wrote inappropriate comments in Spanish on chalkboards, according to Assistant Principal Tim Sites.

Sites said he believed two of the individuals were female Shepherd University students and the rest were Jefferson High School seniors.

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Sites considered the incident in the tradition of a senior prank, although he said this one went too far.

Some of the students have received 10-day suspensions and it is possible some of the students could be expelled from school for the rest of the year, officials said.

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