An employee is on indefinite suspension, and the future of several high school seniors is in jeopardy tonight, after a case of vandalism at North Cedar High School that could lead to criminal charges. Their academic future is unclear as well.
“The consequences for the actions of these students have been applied in accordance with the district's student conduct policy,” said North Cedar superintendent Mike Cooper, in a written statement.
It began as a senior prank. Authorities believe seven seniors, who have not been named by the district, entered the building late Sunday using an employee's key. There, three of them spread a foul mixture inside the cafeteria, comprised of animal blood, beer and corn left to ferment for two years.
The Cedar Co. Sheriff has handed the case to the county attorney for possible charges.
After the damage was discovered Monday morning, the teens came forward.
District officials declined to comment on the discipline these teens will face. However, one mother, when contacted by KWWL, admitted her child's involvement, but said her teen will be allowed to walk at graduation, but only after completing five days of community service. KWWL has honored her request that her child not be named at this point.
She said the punishment was less severe than others, because of her child's limited role in the event.
KWWL went to the home of another accused student, looking for comment. There, two men on the property swore at our crew, and told them to leave. At another home, a woman answer the door. She said she had no comment, but continued speaking.
“The thing is the truth isn't coming out,” she said.
“Why don't you share it with me?” asked KWWL's Michael Crowe.
“I'm not going to,” she replied. “Our lawyer said to.”
One student said the North Cedar High custodian, George Housley, gave them the key. Housely's wife confirmed that he had been suspended.
Housley's wife said she was unsure if he knew what the students planned to do. She said the suspension is indefinite, and that he was out looking for a new job.
“The situation is ongoing and these actions are subject to change pending the continuing investigation by local authorities and advice of legal counsel,” said Cooper, in a written statement.