Some Dixie Hollins High School students told Pinellas County deputies they wanted to “go out with a bang” by vandalizing the school as part of a senior prank.
Instead, they are now in custody and face burglary charges after their arrests early this morning.
Four students, and a 17-year-old, were arrested around 3:20 a.m. after deputies say they marked more than 200 exterior windows, doors, benches, columns and vending machines at the high school, 4940 62nd St. N. in St. Petersburg, with sayings such as “2014” and “Seniors Rule,” as well as vulgar markings.
Some of the markings could not be removed deputies say.
Deputies responded to the school after receiving a call about a group of juveniles jumping a fence and gaining access.
After surrounding the school, and with the help of air and K-9 units, deputies found 18-year-old Shalleya Codrington and a 17-year-old — who is not a Dixie Hollins student — in the school’s breezeway and in the process of vandalizing several doors and windows with multi-color markers.
Three others — Tyler J. Greenberg and Stephanie Sousek, both 18, and a 17-year-old — were arrested at a private residence as deputies responded there to contact Codrington’s parents.
Upon being interviewed, the teens said they were seniors, with some scheduled to graduate today.
Codrington, Greenberg and Sousek were transported to the Pinellas County Jail. The two 17-year-olds — who is not being identifying because of their age — were transported to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.