Lake Placid High School
Two Lake Placid high school students have been arrested in connection with the June 7 vandalism of the high school.
According to a press release issued June 12 by the village police department, two individuals have been arrested and charged with criminal trespass in the third degree as a result of the investigation.
A 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male were arrested Tuesday, June 12. Due to their ages and eligibility for youthful offender status their names are being withheld.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are anticipated, according to police.
The Lake Placid School was the victim of a foul smelling prank on Thursday June 7. Custodians at the high school and middle school were greeted at 6 a.m. with smashed eggs and spilled milk over the walls and floor of the building.
Nothing was stolen and no significant damage was sustained to the building. Investigation at the scene revealed that unknown persons had entered the school through a side door, and proceeded to randomly throw eggs, milk and flour on all three floors, forcing school to be delayed an hour to clean up the mess.
“It was very disheartening for everyone to start the day like this,” Lake Placid Superintendent Randy Richards said. “The custodians worked to clean it up and as faculty and staff came in they jumped in to help.”
Richards estimated the property damage to be a few hundred dollars for the installation of new locks but said the greatest loss the school suffered was time.
“This seems to be more of a prank because nothing was damaged, but it’s not funny,” he said.
Richards said the overall tone at the school was most people seemed pleased on Wednesday that some of those responsible had been caught.
“Everyone is very relieved and hope this sends a message out that if you want to do these crazy things we will get the police involved,” Richards said.
Though both students are seniors Richards does not believe this was a senior prank.
“Our students have been sympathetic and apologetic to the teachers and custodians who had to clean this,” Richards said. “This was not a senior class act, just a group of rogue individuals.”
The suspects may only see a small amout of school suspension due to the upcoming school testing but Richards said it is very “doubtful” those who participated in the vandalism will be allowed to participate in graduation on June 22.
The students are scheduled to appear in the village of Lake Placid Justice Court on June 27, at 7 p.m. to answer the charges.