Vandals damage Menominee High School

MENOMINEE, Mich. – The cleanup continues at an area high school, after police say a possible student prank turned into vandalism.

Teachers at Menominee High School in Michigan say there have been pranks before, but none like this.

“They burglarized our school. They came in and broke into our school,” said Principal Bill Paris, Menominee Junior/Senior High School.

Paris says he is still stinging from Sunday’s break-in.

“I went through the whole range of emotions. The biggest thing for me is, you feel like you’ve been violated. A lot of your confidentiality, and trust has been violated,” said Paris.

Paris says vandals targeted his office and several others. Police photos show the extent of the damage.

“Kids had gone through and did a lot of shaving cream, Crisco oil, fish heads, toilet paper. There were some private, personal things. Coats, shoes, and some mementoes in some other office areas, not to mention books and paperwork, and things like that that were destroyed,” said Paris.

Paris says clutter blocked the main entrance. Students were re-routed to get inside the building.

Paris called an all-school assembly to address the situation.

“It’s a violation of the law, and the kids are going to be held accountable, and I wanted our students to be aware of it, and to know where we stand on it, and try to be transparent with them,” said Paris.

Police say they are talking to students and parents.

“I think this is a senior prank that has gone too far. Anytime you’re breaking into a building, it’s a serious issue. It’s a felony,” said Menominee Police Chief Brett Botbyl.

As teachers continue to clean up, the principal says it will be business as usual for the rest of the school year.

“I’m very confident that we’re going to hold these kids responsible,” said Paris.

If you have any information about the school vandalism, Menominee police want to hear from you. You can call Crime Stoppers at (715) 735-5111.

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