News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, May 15, 2012
EVANS, Ga. -- Greenbrier High School seniors are just days away from walking across the stage and getting their diplomas. But four girls, some of whom are on the school's varsity cheerleading team, won't be taking part in graduation after pulling a senior prank that turned criminal.
Their plan is now being called the most expensive senior prank the school district has seen.
Four girls are accused of super gluing more than three dozen locks at Greenbrier High School and Columbia County investigators say more arrests are coming.
So far, 17-year-old Elizabeth Metz, 17-year-old Dynisha Clemons, 18-year-old Kristin Tannehill and 17-year-old Brooklyn Bella are charged with second-degree criminal damage to property.
Principal Chris Seagraves checked out the school's keypads.
"We were able to save the one up front, and I think we are going to be able to save this one, too," Seagraves said.
The same can't be said for the rest of the school's locks.
"You see, I can't. The key won't go into the key way," Seagraves said.
That is because late Thursday night, four Greenbrier High School seniors are accused of super gluing all of the exterior doors.
"This was malicious. There was nothing funny about this, not at all," he said.
The prank included 43 locks and if you take a look at some of the doors, you can see where the super glue dripped and then dried. The total cost in damages is $5,130.
"It is taxpayer dollars and, you know, right now our dollars are so short. We're coming up short to even balance our budget," said Columbia County Superintendent Charles Nagle.
School officials have decided not to let the girls walk during graduation Saturday and they won't be getting their diplomas until they foot the bill.
"It's a tough call and it's a very unpopular call, but then again, this was more than just a prank," Seagraves said.
While the prank got them kicked out of graduation, the girls may now have bigger problems because locking everybody out meant getting locked up.
"In the students' minds, it was a prank; in our minds, it was vandalism," Nagle said.
But, for the record, "I'm not going to have anybody come on my campus and do something to the school that I'm responsible for and expect nothing to happen to them," Seagraves warned.
News 12 reached out to all of the girls and their families. Two of the girls agreed to sit down with us for an interview but their lawyers decided against it.
Overall, the parents told News 12, their daughters are not criminals, they are good kids. They say the girls have been emotionally distraught over not being able to walk during graduation.