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Kids These Days:

Drama expands at CdM

June 22, 2009|By Steve Smith

But wait, there’s more! In what was described as a “senior prank at Corona del Mar High School,” about 20 vandals earlier this month “spray-painted the walls and doors of the school with some benign and some profane expressions, dumped bleachers and soccer goals into the swimming pool, glued pennies to locks and covered trees with toilet paper,” according to the story in the Daily Pilot.

The “prank” caused approximately $8,000 in damage and could lead to 20 students alleged to be involved in the vandalism getting suspensions or being expelled.

Yes, you read it correctly. District officials said the students “could” be suspended or expelled. So, exactly how does one suspend or expel any graduating seniors involved?

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I have another idea: Call the police and have them all arrested or cited.

As to why these vandals have not been arrested or cited, Sailor said, “As far as I can tell, CdM never reported the crimes to us. I spoke with our records section, dispatch and juvenile crimes supervisors and no one had a record of any contact or reporting from the high school. If they choose to file a criminal report, we will conduct a criminal investigation. As of today [June 20], they have not come forward and requested any assistance.”

Had this not been a senior “prank,” that is, had someone, for example, come in and stolen $8,000 worth of computers, there would have been a police report, an investigation and possibly an arrest. But because this destruction is labeled a “prank,” the $8,000 in damage gets the students clean-up duty. This is a good time to remember that a year ago, several students from Estancia High School were cited by the Costa Mesa Police Department for draping toilet paper over trees and grass along Mesa Verde Drive and on Placentia Avenue.

Is there trouble in paradise? Could be. Or it could be that the wagons around the school aren’t being circled tightly enough.


STEVE SMITH is a Costa Mesa resident and a freelance writer. Send story ideas to dailypilot@latimes.com .

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