Four teenage girls accused of gluing locks at Greenbrier High School in May pleaded not guilty Friday.
Greenbrier seniors Brooklyn Leigh Bella, Dynisha Antionette Clemons, Elizabeth Sutton Metz and Kristin Arey Tannehill were indicted in July on charges of second-degree criminal trespass in what was described as a “senior prank.” They pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing in Evans.
They were arrested May 14 after three people squirted glue into exterior locks May 11 and caused more than $4,000 in damage, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Greenbrier staffers arriving to school found that the lock cylinders on 43 exterior doors – including those on portable classrooms – had been disabled with glue.
A 15-year-old male student, whose name has not been released because of his age, was arrested May 17 in the incident. His case is still pending in Columbia County Juvenile Court, Judge Doug Flanagan said.
School officials barred the girls from attending their graduation ceremony and demanded they pay to fix the locks before giving them their diplomas or releasing their second-semester grades.
Metz is the only one of the four who has not paid her portion of the restitution, according to school Superintendent Charles Nagle.
When six Lakeside High School seniors committed a similar prank in June 1993, they were charged with second-degree criminal damage to property, suspended from school and barred from taking part in graduation ceremonies. Those students
also had to pay restitution before receiving their diplomas.
In January 2006, seven Burke County High School students were arrested after they squirted glue into the locks of 33 doors and two gates, causing about $3,000 in damage, according to a report from The True Citizen in Waynesboro, Ga.