Mess at JDHS quickly cleaned up; won’t hinder graduation

Vandalism at Juneau-Douglas High School Thursday morning left a nasty mess in the entryway of the school and required the commons be closed for a while.

While officials say there was no threat to student or staff health, the prank included urine and feces, and doors cemented shut. There was a better side to it – lots of balloons.

Principal Paula Casperson says the school was cleaned up before classes began.

She described the vandalism as a senior prank, but confidentiality policies won’t allow her to release much information. It’s not clear if the students involved were all seniors. Casperson says Juneau School District policies prescribe the punishment.

“We are concerned. Certainly there are consequences and those consequences could in fact include not being allowed to participate in the commencement ceremonies,” she says.

Graduation is Sunday.

“And we certainly want to celebrate all of that. We don’t want to be mired in the negativity of the decisions of one or two kids.  We want to celebrate the Class of 2014,” she says.

JDHS graduation is at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the gymnasium. TMHS is at 7 p.m. in the TMHS gym. Yaakoosge Daakahidi ceremony is at 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall.