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Glenwood high school vandalism suspects pass on clemency

Lynn Burton

It could be a long, paranoid summer for suspects who vandalized Glenwood Springs High School May 9.

School principal Mike Wells said he offered to drop criminal charges in the case if the students believed to be involved confessed, made restitution and performed public service in preparation for graduation ceremonies and around the school later in the summer.

Nobody took Wells up on the offer, so the school has handed the case over to the Glenwood Springs Police Department and is out of the active investigation.

“There’s no time line on this,” Wells said. “There were enough people involved who know who did this; the truth will eventually come out.”

The suspects, believed to be GSHS seniors, face possible charges of burglary, trespassing, criminal mischief, and possibly theft, said police Lt. Lou Vallario.

Vallario estimated six to 15 students entered Glenwood Springs High School the night of May 9. They dumped potting soil all over the floor, tossed 63 used tires throughout the school, smeared door knobs with Vaseline, tore down Wall of Fame pictures, and destroyed a larger-than-life-size basketball player created by last year’s senior art students.

Wells said the restitution deal included paying the cleanup costs and for a new basketball player sculpture.

“We were going to call it good,” Wells said. “There was no permanent damage other than the artwork.”

Wells said students also turned the football field goalposts around the same night, but those participants have stepped forward.

“We have dealt with those kids. They didn’t want to be associated with the other incidents,” Wells said.

Wells said he didn’t have a dollar figure for the damage done, although most of the costs were confined to cleanup.

Glenwood Springs High School seniors are already out of school, but Vallario said the police department can track down suspects for questioning.

“Names keep popping up,” Vallario said.

It’s not unusual for senior class members to pull an end of the year prank.

“This time, they went too far,” Vallario said.


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