Investigation into school vandalism concluded
GREENE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An investigation into vandalism at a Greene County high school has wrapped up, and no charges will be filed at this time.
According to a release, Greene County Public Schools leaders, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office were all involved in the investigation.
They learned that several high school students got into William Monroe High around 11 p.m. May 11 by using a teacher’s key fob.
Over the next two hours, several dozen other students got into the building through doors that had been propped open.
While they were inside, the students vandalized the building, causing about $7,000 in damage, most of which required professional cleaning services to clean up and sanitize common spaces and restrooms.
One of the students who entered the building later contact the sheriff’s office, and deputies got to the school around 1:15 a.m. May 12. The school was closed for the day due to the damage.
The investigation lasted through the weekend, and administrators checked all of the entry points, finding them to be secure.
As a result, the students who vandalized the building will be responsible for restitution and community service. Some will also face other consequences that have not been detailed.
“We are disappointed that several students made the poor choice to vandalize school property,” said Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, superintendent of Greene County Public Schools. “This behavior is not aligned with the conduct and behavior we expect from our student body. As a result, these students will be held accountable for their actions.”
At this time, no charges will be filed against any of the students.
All academic, athletic and extracurricular activities, including graduation, will go forward as planned.