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Monday, June 04, 2007

Vandalism closes Mt. Pleasant High

Retiring Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Superintendent Gary Allen watches high school staff members pitch in to clean up the mess after vandals trashed the school early Monday.

Vandals did thousands of dollars worth of damage to Mt. Pleasant High School early Monday morning, forcing the cancellation of classes for the day.
Superintendent Gary Allen said he wasn't sure how the vandals got into the school, but video caught three people wearing masks and gloves about 2:30 a.m. The vandals then covered the surveillance cameras.
Staff members arrived to find three of the school's four pods strewn with debris, including toilet paper, rice, popcorn and broken Ramen noodles. Dozens of lockers were zip-tied closed with plastic bands; many were sprayed with shaving cream.
A few, however, were sprayed with plastic foam insulation, which hardened by the time people got in the school.

Numerous classrooms were sealed shut with the foam insulation, sprayed into locks and around the edges of the doors. More insulation was sprayed into controls for the air-handling system.
The vandals released crickets; many of them collected in the cool darkness of a second-floor girls restroom.
And they left another calling card: a dead animal. Allen said it looked like an opossum, left on a second-floor balcony.
So far, police have no suspects.

Mt. Pleasant High School students John Minelli, Alaina Sweet, and Mike and Jake Partie made it to school only to learn there were no classes Monday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! All morning my friends and I have wondered what happened, and this is it?! why would they do something like that? A dead animal???!!! Our school budget is already getting cut and then something like this happens. Thank you for ruining our school, and seriously thank you for making this page public. it answers lots of questions.

11:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thoroughly outraged at the immaturity expressed by the individuals that went through the trouble of vandalizing one of Mt. Pleasant's identifying spots of academic achievement. Of course no wrong deed will be left unpunished but I am still shocked at how low some students will go. Ya rly.

12:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope that they catch the persons responsible for the mess at the high school and prosecute them to the fullest extent. This is a disgrace to our community. This shows where our society is headed as these kids will some day be leading our country. We need to get rid of "political correctness" and start taking responsibility for our kids and community by discipline and putting a religous base back into our lives.

1:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cant wait for the people who did this to get caught.

3:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


--Ian Fox

3:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


--Ian Fox

3:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over the past several weeks, I've seen several displays of complete disrespect and disregard for others' personal property and feelings. The senior and junior high school students have yet still a lot learn. Somewhere we as parents, educators and leaders are failing them. We have a beautiful community and one of the nicest high school buildings. It's a shame these people had to go and destroy that especially on the heels on a new superintendent arriving to Mt. Pleasant. I hope these miscreants are found and prosecuted!!

3:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religious base? I don't think this has anything to do with a "religous base" in school. It has to do with the fact that some high-schoolers are imature, and do not realize the damage they have/could have done to the school. Even when there was religion in the schools, there were pranks. It is naive to think that putting religion back in schools would solve anything

5:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL... and... religion wont help anything... you dont see god punishing anyone for this do you?

9:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes me sick to think the day after I graduate from a wonderful high school a couple of punks have to vandalize it. I really hope they get caught and are taught that what they did was not funny at all. I am sad that we still have people like this today to ruin the reputation of today's teens. Schools are already having problems with budgeting, why add more?

9:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe religion could have stopped this. But I love my school, it's so pretty and artsy looking- I don't understand why someone would do this.. well I do- being a highschool student- they thought "oh look I'm so cool, look what I've done haha it's like that thing on mtv school pranks" my guess it was a bunch of senior guys because we're doing finals and stuff, and I only want to be out! not be in school EVEN LONGER! this has to stop! can't people just see the beauty of our school and stop destroying it? IT IS NOT COOL! IT DOES NOT IMPRESS PEOPLE! it just makes you look dumb! forget about a future, or college those of you who did this- forget about a lot!

9:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to whoever did this thank you you ruined perfectly good school day.The school spends all this money for the students to have fun day and do fun things then something like this happens. I mad to think that this is a good community like everybody says it it. If it was nobody would do this

9:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone realizes the full severity of what has happened. The vandalism should not be the main problem in focus. We should be worried about the fact that three people were able to break and enter into the high school and that we DON'T KNOW HOW THEY DID IT. The students and teachers at MPHS are incredibly lucky that it was only vandalism and not something life-threatening, such as planted bombs in the bathrooms or worse. This was a severe breach of security and our top priority as a school system is to prevent this from ever happening again. Administrators need to see this as a wake-up call. Until we find out how these people got in without detection, how can we be sure students are safe at school?

9:19 PM 
Anonymous Kendra Taylor said...

Coming to school and then getting sent home this morning was upsetting, after hearing what had happened . This truly is a disgrace to us other students here at MPHS. I think we all find it upsetting because of the fact that someone had the nerve to steep so low, and immaturely as to cause such damage. Having one day of school off is usually fun, but today was far from that because of the way they went through with this. Students, people, or members of the community, whomever it was I hope there aware that this so called “prank” was took too far. All I have left to say is that whomever it was will never be looked at the same again! As for school? Let’s hope we don’t have to run into next week, summer vacation’s been taking too long to get here as it is.

9:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was quite funny actually.

9:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the religous base crap...Religion is a personal choice, if you want to brainwash you kids with that nonsense then do it. But take a look at the Sacred Heart Kids, i'm sure they act just like everyone else and they have a religious based school. Every year seniors plan to do their senior pranks and I think that's exactly what they did. I applaud them on creating a day of excitement in Mount Pleasant. This is exactly what we need to start the summer, in this boring old town.

10:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, I'd like to thank you for posting this information, it truely does answer plenty of questions. What I don't understand, and am sure all of you feel the same, is what kind of effect this has taken place on the students still remaining in the school and in classes. It isnt very fair to those of us who work hard to accomplish something in school and we are the ones cleaning up ourselves after your ignorant escapades, with four days left of school, three of which, are our test days. You are truely an embarrassment to our school and our town. Your immaturity and disrespect only shows that, no matter who you are, or what reasons you had for doing the damage, only shows that you can't handle a simple joke,or even your own future. I'd like to thank you vandals for raising our taxes and making our lives just a little bit more difficult, all for the cost of a little fun. In some way, yes we appreciate the day off, but it has really cost more on our part than you had foreseen. I'd like to see you truely punished for this. Just remember what goes around, comes around.

This pertains to the religion comment:

-Religion has absolutely NOTHING to do with it.

11:19 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes pranks can be funny, but this HURT people and when people get hurt it then becomes a CRIME.
I feel sorry for the persons responsible, obviously they have not had the guidance and support they need to be responsible people. Hopefully they will learn a valuable lesson when they have to face the consequences of their actions, then maybe they will GROW UP!!

9:03 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pranks can be funny, but when people get hurt it becomes a CRIME.
I feel sorry for the individuals responsible for this, obviously they havent had the support and guidance they need to know right from wrong. Hopefully they will learn a valuable lesson when they have to face the actions of their consequences, then maybe they will GROW UP!!

9:09 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as an mphs grad from a few years back, I'm really not surprised that this happened. the staff treats some kids like criminals, and are way too strict about petty things. I don't condone this at all, but I'm honestly surprised that this didn't happen while I was in high school. whoever put it the comment about putting a religious base in is not thinking clearly. Religion is a good thing, but it DOES NOT BELONG IN SCHOOLS.

9:58 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this was a senior prank, what a great way to remember the Class of 2007 - NOT!! Especially after a beautiful commencement ceremony.

10:47 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, this is a horrible argument you people are having. Religion has nothing to do with this, and nobody should be using this to campeign for religion either being reinstated or left out of schools. Not the argument at hand. Another thing is, there is a way to get into every building like the school. Windows everywhere, all that kind of stuff. They still would have seen that people had been in the school early, someone would have noticed, and they would have alerted people, and there was no real threat of bombs. Thats taking it to the extreme. I actually think that all of these comments are too much for being displayed publically. Everyone has such a different opinion in some way, and it really just needs to be left up to the officials dealing with it. if they want our opinion, they will ask for it.

4:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha man this stuff is pretty funny, maybe if the school didn't suck so much we as students wouldn't be so eager to desecrate it, no ones gunna get caught unless they run there mouths, haha God works in mysterious ways.

5:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At first i was all like, "OOO! no school!!" but then i was like, "AWWW! No School?" so i fell into a deep depression and wrote a poem about it and posted it in my blog. I HOPE YOURE HAPPY, whoever did this!!!

5:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO!! That is all that I have to say. They did a good job at what they did.
All of you that are saying that this is bad, you need to lighten up. Seriously. It's a prank. It does cost money and it did close the school. But so far they've gotten away with it and that is an accomplishment. I'm going to respect the people who did this. In my honest opinion, I think that it was some underclassmen. They're the lunatics in the school. Not The Juniors or graduated Seniors.
Get a life and get back to work. That's what I say. =]]

9:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea that's funny underclassmen? first off I don't think that any of the freshmen or sophmores would have the balls to do this at least not yet and 2nd chances are it was the juniors because there was a huge party the night it happened for seniors. Most freshmen can't drive and the sophmore and freshmen hallway got it the worse...and this wasn't just a prank and if you respect them your kind of a waste of a person a(no offense) but you act like 30,000 dollars isn't that much they could have used that for something instead of fixing up the culprits dumb*** mistakes and wow we got a day off of school that's cool I guess but a now that summers here that day didn't mean crap but hey if ya respect people like that go for it bud they will get caught eventually I know i'd rat them out for $1,500

2:16 PM 
Anonymous DrMuga75 said...

Sounds like the vandals might be posting here given the giddy delight at their destruction. I only hope they are competent enough to actually hold down jobs outside of the criminal world to pay taxes someday toward restoration of the building. The petty complaints of " Oh, poor little me, the teachers all hate me" rings hollow and sounds immature to the extreme. These aren't pranks, this is vandalism. Frankly, the harsh anti-religious tone of many of these postings point to a local climate that tolerates if not encourages such behavior. It's hard not to conclude that young people are getting more sociopathic and violent and the systematic purge of religion from public life plays it's part by eliminating a positive life model for impressionable young people otherwise lost to self indulgent gratification.

11:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upon arriving to school Monday morning, I was excited. It seems that in the past couple of years the school district as well as teachers have forgotten what it's like to be in highschool. Traditional events that seniors in the previous years have had fun with were banned. For example the senior cookout/camping in the football field....not allowed. Highschool is supposed to be about having fun, trying new things, and learning more about who you are as a person. Well life as a principal or hall monitor may be fine and dandy as they are enjoying their "power trips", but let's face sucks for the students. Yes we are here to learn and get an education, but I think it would be more enjoyable for everyone if fun was added back into the curriculum. Although we may be highschool students, and the adults in the building feel that we are immature and unwise, we are young adults and we want to be treated like human beings. Maybe if the school treated us more like people, then more of us would respect them. I dont think the prank was that bad. Maye the insulation foam was overboard along with the opposum, but the rest was hilarious! Hats off to the Class of 2007. Thank you for giving the school back some revenge for the bull they put us through every year.

8:15 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you that did this, way to make yourselves look immature. This was probably one of the stupidest things i've ever heard of. It wasn't even close to being a prank, it's vandalism & breaking and entering - way to embarrass us all.

Oh & for those of you that are behind this, looks like you need to grow up too & stop being so immature.

11:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems alot of rumors are floating around about who it could have been. Could have been this guy... could have been that guy... might have been underclassmen... might have been the guy they didnt let graduate over his grades. They WILL get caught sooner or later. There is always one thing you can count on a teen for... Greed. I cant think of many teens that wouldnt turn in another for $1500.00. So... to the morons that pulled this off. Which one do ya think will crack first or get turned in first? All it takes is one.

6:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shaving cream and the crickets could have been considered a prank, i mean yea, it does disrupt the school day and it is kind of a mess to clean up, but its not exactly difficult get rid of. I watched the crickets being easily disposed of with a vacuum. Sure, it must be a pain finding all of the suckers, but they won't live long, so no worries. The shaving cream is simple, a washcloth or towel can clean that off easily. The other side to that is if the shaving cream was sprayed INSIDE of the lockers, that's a problem, because its damaging student property.

The line was crossed with the zip ties, insulator foam, and the dead animal. I laughed when i read about the crickets, and i laughed about the shaving cream... but seriously, taken way too far after those.

Yea, it sucks that it happened... but does it really show where society is heading? I mean yea, it was a severely stupid thing to do, and it did affect the school... but the students who did it DID view it as a prank and thought it was funny. The only thing i see is a demented sense of humor, which after all the attention and harsh replys its been getting, will be changed.

11:32 PM 

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