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Two GAHS seniors charged with vandalism are expelled

June 05, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Two Greencastle-Antrim High School seniors charged with vandalism in the school have been expelled and will not graduate with the class of 2009, officials said.

Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said the school board voted Thursday to expel the students and withhold their diplomas until restitution is paid in full and all other graduation requirements are met.

Seth Michael Shindle, 18, was arrested Wednesday after he confessed to his part in the May 22 incident, according to the Greencastle Police Department.

The other student, a 17-year-old male, was arrested May 22, according to police reports.

The identity of the two students was kept anonymous during Thursday's school board meeting, where the two faced a disciplinary hearing, Hoover said.

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Before the hearing, both students were suspended and banned from setting foot on school property.

Referring to the boys as Student A and Student B, Hoover said the board decided to expel both boys and prevent them from participating in the June 13 graduation ceremony.

The school district will not award either student a diploma unless restitution is paid in full and all other requirements for graduation are met, Hoover said.

The total cost of the damage has yet to be determined and the amount of restitution owed will be set by the court, Hoover said.

On May 22 between 4 and 5 a.m., the students damaged three doors, broke the windshield of a school vehicle and spray painted graffiti on the building, a concrete apron, the band equipment trailer and two driver education cars, police said.

Shindle was arraigned Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham and released on a $25,000 nonsecured bail, police said. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing in Franklin County Court.

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