Chainsaw Prank Could Get 5 Students Arrested

Police expect charges after 25 trees cut down
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2014 11:44 AM CDT
Chainsaw Prank Could Get 5 Students Arrested
Another senior prank goes a bit too far for police.   (Shutterstock)

Talk about going out with a bang. It seems students at Ohio's River Valley High School didn't learn from a senior prank that ended with 62 arrests last week: Five students, all either 17 or 18, are expected to face vandalism charges after police found as many as 25 campus trees cut down via chainsaw shortly after midnight yesterday. At least two senior male students were caught on school security cameras. "A few students came forward" that morning and "were willing to suffer the consequences," the superintendent says, though not all the suspects attend River Valley High, the Marion Star reports.

"I don’t look at cutting trees down as a prank," the principal says, per the Columbus Dispatch. "I view it as an act of vandalism." Charges may not be the only form of discipline either. "We're looking at 10-day suspension, it could be recommendation for expulsion, it could be you don't walk at graduation,” the principal adds, per 10TV. Some seniors, however, didn't seem as concerned. "Either you are really excited or you hate it," says one. "I’m obviously not promoting vandalism, but I’m glad that our class is going to go down and be memorable." Meanwhile, the Class of 2015 is already discussing its senior prank: re-planting the trees. (Click for more on the New Jersey prank that ended with 62 students arrested.)

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