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 May 26th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara announces the arrest of several St. Lucie County School students for series of out of control “pranks and vandalism”
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Investigations have led to several arrests in a series of high school “pranks” that had gotten out of control.

Over the period of the past five days St. Lucie County Schools have seen several incidents of St. Lucie County School students trespassing on school grounds with a mixture of motives for their actions.

“We certainly understand the idea of graduating seniors having fun, but some of the incidents have expanded to levels far above the idea of simple foolishness”, said Sheriff Mascara.

Sheriff Mascara continued … “While some of these incidents began as simple foolishness that went wrong, other incidents appear more along the lines of outright intentional vandalism.”

The first of these incidents began at Ft. Pierce Central High School on Saturday May 22. During that incident three juvenile suspects were arrested when they found on campus after breaking into a storage shed and vandalizing the athletic areas.

The second incident took place at Ft. Pierce Westwood High School when overnight a number of suspected students entered the school and committed an extensive amount of vandalism. This resulted in the school being closed on Monday May 24. Sheriff’s Office detectives are presently working several leads in the case and arrests should be coming shortly.

In response to the first two incidents, members of the Sheriff’s Office’s School Resource Unit were working extra overnight shifts to attempt to prevent any would be “pranksters” from entering school campuses to conduct any type of improper activity.

As a result of this preventative measures School Resource Deputies working in conjunction with the school district’s security unit located several persons on the grounds of Centennial High School in St. Lucie West last night.

With the assistance of additional patrol deputies, the St. Lucie County School District and members of the Port St. Lucie Police Department, five individuals were located on the campus shortly after midnight. These individuals (three adults and two juveniles) were arrested after they attempted to elude law enforcement officers in the area of the campus.

Sheriff Mascara said,  “Every effort will be made by the members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office to protect the property of our county’s schools and ensure that our students will be able to complete the school year without further hindrance.”

The investigations into these incidents are ongoing and further arrests are expected.

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