DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – More than 30 Darlington High School students broke into Darlington High School Thursday night and vandalized the property, according to Darlington County School District officials.
School officials said the extent of the damage required “considerable work” from caretakers and school staff working from midnight to the start of the school day on Friday to ensure the school was open. school.
The district said the students involved violated district disciplinary policy as well as criminal laws, including trespassing, vandalism and potentially burglary, according to a news release.
According to the district, the students vandalized and damaged:
- Cameras intentionally obscured by debris
- Oval doors and windows
- Chalk paint used for graffiti on walkways, walls and windows
- Syrup and confetti scattered in the buildings
- Chocolate sauce poured over the aisles and followed inside
- Shaving cream sprayed in drinking fountains and on lockers, display cases and display cases
- Trash cans containing food and milk turned over and rubbish strewn in the yard and buildings
- Light poles, water fountains and gates wrapped in plastic wrap
- The principal’s office and the central office broken into and vandalized
- Falcon mascot helmet removed from display and left in yard with shaving cream on it
- Feminine pads stuck to doors, walls and stop signs
- Classroom furniture thrown in the hallway
- Team gym equipment and water bottles are removed from storage and thrown into the gym
- Hand sanitizer thrown in the hallway
- Various construction items were brought to campus and left inside the building
- In addition to the vandalism, several items and money were stolen from the main office.
The district is handling student discipline and at this time, no charges will be filed against those involved, according to the news release. The decision was made in consultation with the Darlington Police Department to prevent students from having criminal records.
“We are working with school district officials on this investigation,” Darlington Police Chief Kelvin Washington said in a statement. “Several laws have been broken and charges could be brought against the offenders. The school district hopes to address this through the district’s disciplinary policy to prevent these young people from having criminal records. We support the school district’s decision.
District Superintendent Tim Newman said it’s hard when young people make bad decisions that could impact their future.
“It was a serious situation with serious consequences,” Newman said. “While accountability is necessary, this moment does not have to define the future of these students.”
Officers began investigating the incident after police noticed suspicious activity at the school while conducting a building security check, according to the district.