Four Graduates Charged with EL High School Vandalism
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Two of the students charged are twin brothers. Click on the arrows to see the other graduates who were charged, and images of the vandalism.
Four East Lansing High School graduates have been charged with vandalizing the high school building--three are former football players for the school.
They were each charged with malicious destruction of school property, a misdemeanor. It's punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
The students are identified as Londel Jamal Nelson and Kenneth James Washington. Also charged are twin brothers, Devin Frederick Paritee and Justin Rudolph Paritee.
All are 18 years old and recent graduates of East Lansing.
But for those in the community, they're trying to move forward from a bad decision made by a few students that's managed to cast a bad light on everybody.
"It reflects bad on the whole community," said Sandy Janetzke, who lives in East Lansing and uses the school's facilities frequently to exercise.
"They should be brought to justice, if they did wrong they should pay for it."
Despite cleaning crews' best efforts, more than a week after the vandalism, remnants of a not-so-well-received senior class prank still remain.
Damage is estimated to be between $5,000 and $8,000, but police say repair costs could wind up being even higher with some of the paneling possibly having to be replaced.
"It definitely wasn't a prank, I think they tried to have fun doing it but... it wasn't something wise to do," said ELHS graduate Nora Almasraf.
East Lansing police say they expect to charge the two other students at a later date. They said scheduling conflicts prevented them from being arraigned Monday.
"There's always senior pranks and some of them are destructive, but when it gets destructive or dangerous it's really not much of a prank, it's just a crime," said Capt. Jeff Murphy with the East Lansing police department.
The fact three of the students are athletes isn't something lost on anyone either.
"I hope they learned a big lesson from this," Kelly said. "Just because you're an athlete doesn't mean that gives you any special privilege over anyone else."
Graffiti was found spray painted across the school building on June 6, the final day of classes for the school year.