6 students facing felony charges following senior prank

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Charges are pending against six students who police say wreaked havoc on a school in the City of Jamestown.

Police say early on Tuesday the six students broke into Jamestown High School and exacted a senior prank, which caused damage throughout the building.

“Senior pranks are supposed to be in good spirit,” Captain Robert Samuelson said. “They went very out of control and didn’t use very good judgment.”

The six students — of whom five were 18-years-old and one was 17-years-old — were college-bound seniors, who police say broke into the school through a passage behind the school by using a crowbar. Police say the students then spread copious amounts of red and green glitter throughout the hallways of the high school, and tied wire from locker to locker across the hallways throughout the school, causing a web-like mess.

Most of the damage from the pranks will come in manpower, police say, but the students are also accused of attempting to break into the main administrative office, causing damage to the door. Police say they failed in that attempt.

The students attempted to cover up their actions by placing stickers over the school’s cameras, but police say they could still tell who the students were.

Now the college-bound seniors are facing felony third degree burglary charges, which could mar an otherwise clean record.

“The students broke in and entered with the intent to commit a crime,” Samuelson said. “Now they’ll be charged as adults.”

The students will also face fourth degree criminal mischief and third degree criminal tampering charges. Police say the investigation is continuing, and repairs, cleanup efforts are ongoing at the school.

Names of the accused burglars will not be released as they may become eligible for youthful offender status in the future, police say.

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