ESTERO, Fla., - One adult and six students are now facing property damage and burglary charges in connection with a senior prank at Estero High School.
The seven suspects were seen on surveillance video trespassing on school property last week. School officials later discovered they used glue and toothpicks to jam the locks of about 30 classroom doors.
Trish Routte, with Crimestoppers, says they received several tips that led them to the suspects. Routte says one more student may still be charged.
The Lee County School District isn’t saying what discipline, if any, the students are facing for the costly damage just weeks before many are supposed to be graduating.
“Maybe it’s a senior prank, but it caused about 4,000 in damage and that’s money that taxpayers have to front up,” Routte said.
Officials hope the consequences send a message to younger students planning their senior prank.