School Prank Could Result in Serious Charges

LAS VEGAS -- Palo Verde High School is the site of some costly vandalism. Over the holiday weekend, someone de-faced the school's courtyard as well as Palo's mascot -- a panther. And while some call it a prank, police say no one will be laughing when they're sitting in jail.

It's a prank, that nobody at Palo Verde High School seems to think is very funny. "We're probably going to have to pay to get that off and we're already in a tight spot when it comes the budget," said student Kate Brady.

Graffiti and paint were found in the courtyard and on the school's mascot. The words Bishop Gorman were left behind. At this point, police have not said if a Bishop Gorman student is behind vandalism. Police say whoever is responsible will face felony charges.

"We are looking at it from the criminal side and that it is destruction of school property so now we are looking at man hours that are used to get the school back to restore it back to its natural state," said Lt. Ken Young, CCSD Police.

8 News NOW found a video on YouTube showing the school's graffiti. The video clip was labeled Bishop Gorman prank on Palo and shows the silhouette of someone running through the courtyard briefly showing the damage.

"We are expending the resources to make sure that the person or persons are brought to justice so we want to send a message out that this is not acceptable," said Lt. Young.

It's not the only act of vandalism the state is seeing. On Tuesday, bus service was shut down in Carson City after someone slashed the tires to the school buses. Investigators say it may be a senior prank. But the pranks come with serious consequences including jail time, suspension, or expulsion.

This school year alone, CCSD has spent nearly $350,000 on fixing vandalized areas. It's money that comes from the general fund and could have been used for other school resources instead of cleaning up messes.

Bishop Gorman did release a statement to 8 News NOW. It says the administration at Bishop Gorman has been informed that an investigation of vandalism at Palo Verde High School confirms that our students were not involved, ending our involvement in this matter. However, school district police say, as of right now, nobody has been excluded from their investigation.


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