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.
- Juneau Makerspace opens its studio to the public on Monday nights except for holidays. See an upcoming events calendar at JuneauMakerspace.org. Family memberships are $50 a month. Members get 24-hour access.
- A Juneau resident blew a blood alcohol content of three times the legal driving limit early Monday after a single-vehicle incident and was arrested. Tautar Pearce, 37, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
- Emmanuel Jal, a peace activist, musician and entrepreneur visited Juneau to tell high school students about his experience as a child soldier.
- The commission will make a decision within 10 days. In the meantime, Henry has just about a week before he must report to federal prison to serve a year-long sentence for his failure to file income taxes.