Muskegon tracking down graffiti vandals at High School

Posted at 5:13 PM, May 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-19 17:13:37-04

MUSKEGON, Mich.-Muskegon Schools Superintendent Jon Felske called it a "Senior prank that didn't go so well."  Felske and Muskegon High School Principal Brad Perkins were called by Muskegon Police around 4:30am Tuesday after a routine police patrol spotted vulgarity spray painted on the high school's windows, sidewalks and sides of the building.

Felske said surveillance video showed between 14 and 17 people involved in the vandalism and they were able to positively identify two of them.  Those two shared names of other students involved and the school officials feel they know the names and identities of nearly all of the students involved and he added they are from their own school district.  "While he called it a "senior prank", Felske believes underclassmen are also involved.  "I can't fully comment on the grade level but I would believe that they're not all seniors," he said.

Muskegon Police is actively involved and may file charges against some of the students.   "We're going to wade through this, look at all the written responses from all involved and then make a decision of what we're going to do and then work with the police department of what they're going to do from the city's standpoint, things that are punishable from their standpoint," said Felske.  For the seniors that were involved, Felske said this "prank" could keep them from attending their graduation ceremony scheduled for May 27th.  "Graduation is something that's not owed to you, it's an extracurricular activity.  Providing you your diploma?  You've earned that, you deserve that and we don't hold back, but celebrations are a whole different story," Felske said.  He added that a final decision on discipline will be made by the end of this week, as families may have relatives coming to town for the graduation ceremony next week and need to know as soon as possible.