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Schools: Senior Pranks Costly, Dangerous To Schools


UPDATED: Thursday April 26, 2012 6:16 PM

Bexley City Schools officials said that they were taking a proactive approach when it comes to senior pranks and vandalism, CrimeTracker 10's Jeff Hogan reported Thursday.

CrimeTracker 10 obtained new surveillance video of 10 students entering Northland High School earlier this month with a stolen set of keys. Students threw eggs and smeared baby oil on steps.

Police found a grocery receipt for the eggs at the scene and the students admitted to police that it was a prank, Hogan reported.

Bexley Superintendent Michael Johnson said it was not a prank when two people slipped through the gate at the schools' bus barn, got on a couple of buses and grabbed flares and a fire extinguisher.

Johnson said that locks on school facilities only keep honest people out.

"It's counter-intuitive, but you want a lot of people around, so we try to have our facilities used a lot, and encourage it, because if people are around, you're less likely to be vandalized," Johnson said.

The damage at the bus barn cost the district about $1,500 but did not affect the busing schedule.  Johnson said it did make the school look at its policies, though.

"It caused us to evaluate our own security," Johnson said. "So, we're changing our security, like I said, doubling up on making sure buses are locked and that gate is such that you can't squeeze through."

Johnson said that with the help of district surveillance cameras, Bexley boasts nearly a 100-percent punishment rate for crimes around its schools.

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