Columbia County schools Superintendent Charles Nagle said Tuesday that the girls also won’t get their high school diplomas until they pay the $5,100 cost to repair the locks at the school.
On Friday, Columbia County authorities arrested Brooklyn Leigh Bella, 17, Elizabeth Sutton Metz, 17, Dynisha Antoinette Clemons, 17, and Kristin Arey Tannehill, 18. They were charged with second degree criminal damage to property, a felony, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
Three of the seniors allegedly squirted super glue onto 43 exterior locks at the school Thursday night, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said in an e-mail.
A fourth girl helped plan the prank, Morris said, but he did not identify which one.
The vandalism was discovered Friday morning as school opened.
School officials offered a reward and suspended senior privileges until tips provided to deputies uncovered the four charged, Morris said.
All four teens were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released after each posted $2,600 bonds, Morris said.
In addition to their arrests, Nagle said the girls were suspended for the rest of the school year, which concludes Friday.
However, Nagle said the girls will be allowed back into the school to take their final exams. Any exam exemptions the seniors might have earned with good grades and attendance were lost when they were suspended.
When six Lakeside High School seniors committed an expensive school prank in June 1993, they also were charged with second degree criminal damage to property, were suspended from school and barred from taking part in graduation ceremonies. Those students also had to pay restitution before receiving their diplomas.