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UPDATE: No students to be charged in Twiggs Co. HS vandalism incident | News

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UPDATE: No students to be charged in Twiggs Co. HS vandalism incident
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UPDATE 5/18/15 4:45 p.m.: No students are to be charged in the vandalism incident that occurred at Twiggs County High School Saturday.

According to a press release, other appropriate disciplinary actions will be carried out against the students. About nine students won't be able to march in Friday's graduation, Superintendent Dixon said.

"(I) appreciate the cooperation from the students and their parents," he said in a statement. "At the end of the day, these are still students and we hope this is a lesson learned."

He added that he doesn't want to do anything that would hurt the students after high school.

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Twiggs County Superintendent Elgin Dixon says Twiggs County High School was vandalized early Saturday morning.

According to Dixon, around 1:00 a.m. vandals broke into the school, splattering paint throughout the building and damaging furniture. They also threw butcher's paper and toilet paper in the hallways.

Dixon says he received a call at 7:30 Saturday morning from staff members on their way to an ROTC trip in Savannah, that the school had been vandalized. He says over 70 percent of the school was damaged, forcing the custodial staff to come in and clean up the mess.

The vandalism, was however, caught on tape. Dixon says there were 9 students involved and they will be disciplined. Punishment will include 10-day suspension and since the graduation is Friday, that means they can't participate in graduation exercises or senior week activities.

Law enforcement officials are reviewing camera footage, and charges are expected.

Dixon says he feels crushed about the vandalism because, "We've worked very hard and our custodial staff works diligently daily to make sure we've got a clean nurturing learning environment. And students don't value the school property more than to do something of this nature."

Dixon does not have an exact dollar amount, but says damages are in the thousands.


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