A 15-year-old Lakota East student was arrested Thursday after he allegedly vandalized cars in the high school parking lot during a three-week period.
Overall, there have been a total of 11 victims, most of whom had their tires slashed. There were a couple of other instances where a car was scratched and another that had an expletive word scratched into the vehicle.
Lakota East High School principal Suzanna Davis said on Friday that the school has no reason to believe that anyone else, besides the suspect, acted in these acts of vandalism.
In an email to parents Thursday evening, Davis said the school’s administration immediately launched an investigation after receiving the initial report of vandalism on Oct. 29.
“I want to assure you Lakota East is committed to providing a safe environment for our students. Disruptions to our student’s learning process and/or environment will not be tolerated,” Davis wrote in the email. “Please take a moment this evening to discuss this matter with your teen. I want to reassure them we take these matters very seriously and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”
Davis couldn’t comment on the extent of the charges that the suspect faces. However, the Pulse Journal reported that the student faces seven misdemeanor counts of criminal damaging.