Police: Arrests Expected In Pearl River High School Vandalism

Sports equipment, fields, building damaged; investigators reviewing footage from security cameras. UPDATED with reaction from Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano.

are anticipating they will soon be making arrests in a vandalism incident at that damaged sports equipment, a field and covered three areas of the school with spray paint.

Police said significant damage was done at the school overnight Thursday and into the early-morning hours of Friday. Investigators are reviewing video from multiple security cameras in the area affected by the vandalism.

"We are deeply disappointed with the actions of a group of students," Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said. "Their behavior was disrespectful not only to the school, but to their peers and to a community that has been so supportive of our students as well.

"The district will press charges against any students involved."

Hurdles used for track and field events were dragged out of their storage area and damaged, as was a portable baseball fence. A field was also damaged by equipment that was dragged across the area.

Police said three exterior areas were spray-painted and will require extensive cleaning to remove the paint. There was no damage reported inside the high school in connection with this incident. According to school officials, the current financial estimate for the damages is $2,500. 

Multiple students from the high school are suspected with being involved in the vandalism, police said.

Nunya June 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
God forbid a little spray paint can't be cleaned off with a sandblaster. I love how the initial cost estimate of the cleanup was 10k now it's 2,500 it's just the suburban media trying to blow everything up. I know it's hard to find a hard hitting story in rockland if it doesn't have anything to do with underage drinking and drugs. And I'll bet my bottom dollar no ones going to jail for more than 24 hours and the charges will be off the kids record within 6 months no worrys. What's a king to a god.
Todd conrad June 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM
150 grand a year for the avg cop isn't enough to prevent crime. Hopefully after their raise goes thru we can better service
Tim June 13, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Jerry Sandusky can a RAPE a child in the Penn State showers with an eyewitness.No police called and 15 years pass and over 50 allegations countless more RAPES and SODOMY of innocent children but no police report. Spray paint make the kids scrub off the paint and do community service but no arrest records by a police dept that knows nothing about real criminal activity.Criminalizing children is not the answer.Jerry Sandusky child rapist was never held accountable and the whole Centre City was on to this pervert and everybody looked the other way.The Catholic Church in Philadelphia,Pa is trying Msgr James Lynn who actively covered up for PEDLOPHILE PRIEST RAPISTS, again no police involvement. Great place for PEDOPHILES Pennsylvania .
Bertram Weeks June 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
there are bigger problems in that school, maybe monitor some teacher behavior before you freak out about a wall. its a wall. literally everyone knows what im talking about and nothings ever done. think about the kids
dude June 13, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The issue is that if the spray paint does have to be sand blasted, the entire section of wall has to be sand blasted so it looks uniform with the areas that weren't painted and then they have to be re-seeled. Sandblasting just the paint will just make what was written more visible. The damage is estimated at $2,500 and the cleanup if necessary could cost up to $10,000, maybe you should go back to school for reading comprehension. The school has been more than nice to this years seniors, who have been nothing short of a hassle for administration. This isn't the first time the school was painted and it isn't the first time the equipment from the fields was moved. At this point I would imagine the administration is fed up with the lack of respect and is going to make an example of these kids, as they should.


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