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2 teens arrested in school vandalism case

June 16, 2012

LAKE PLACID - Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with an act of vandalism at Lake Placid Middle-High School, where they are students.

Village police said in a press release issued Tuesday night that a 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male have been charged with third-degree criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor. Their names have been withheld due to potential youthful offender status.

Police said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and additional arrests and charges are anticipated.

The incident was reported at approximately 6 a.m. June 7. Police said the teens broke into the middle-high school through a side door and "proceeded to randomly throw eggs, milk and flour on all three floors" of the building.

The vandalism forced school officials to delay classes by an hour and schedule an additional school day on Monday to make up for lost time.

Police said nothing was stolen and the building didn't sustain any significant damage after it was cleaned up. District Superintendent Randy Richards told the Enterprise that a few ceiling panels had to be replaced.

Richards thanked the police department for its work on the case.

"We're very pleased" with the outcome, he said. "Our school community was very upset with that break-in, and we're pleased they've been caught."

Richards said the two teens could face additional ramifications based on the school district's code of conduct.

"I hope it sends a message to other would-be vandals that we're not going to tolerate it here at the school district," he said.

The district held an additional day of classes on Monday to make up for lost time on Friday. Richards said attendance by students was "a little sporadic" but that teachers appreciated having the extra instructional time.

"It was the right thing to do," he said. "We had a day of learning disturbed, so to get an extra day was good for us."

The teens are scheduled to appear in village court at 7 p.m. June 27.

In December 2011, vandals entered the school and intentionally flooded sinks and water fountains, causing extensive damage to several classrooms. The perpetrators of that crime were not apprehended.



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