GSHS vandalism demands punishment
Glenwood Springs High School experienced yet another incident of malicious vandalism last week.
Late Thursday night, students got into the school – apparently after rigging an entrance – and trashed the building with dirt and old tires. They broke the bells that signal passing periods, tore down framed photographs in the school’s Hall of Fame, and coated every doorknob with Vaseline.
The worst insult, according to many, was the theft and dismemberment of a life-size papier mache basketball player, created by some of last year’s graduates and dressed in a vintage 1960s Demons basketball uniform.
The player’s arm was found in a tree. The rest of the artwork is missing.
Thursday’s escapade will cost the school district a bit over $1,000.
Clearly this was a senior prank that went way too far.
This kind of action is inexcusable and should be punished.
Student vandals struck the school three years ago, doing more than $4,000 in damage. The two young men who participated went through a lengthy juvenile justice process, spent time in youth detention and were ordered to repay the costs. Their lives were screwed up for months.
Police and school officials are investigating this latest incident, and criminal charges are pending.
Other sanctions are expected as well. If any of the students involved are graduating seniors, they won’t be allowed to “walk” at graduation ceremonies on May 25.
The youngsters will miss out on one of the biggest days of their lives because they stretched what could have been a decent practical joke (greasing doorknobs) into a costly and destructive message of disrespect.
The “day off,” and the time they will spend over the coming months dealing with the juvenile justice system and the rippling impacts on job and college prospects and stress in their families, will offer them plenty of time to think over this misdeed.
– Heather McGregor, Managing Editor
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