Teaneck Students Busted for 'Craziest' School Vandalism

60 Arrested in Heavily Jewish N.J. Town

By Michael Kaplan

Published May 01, 2014.

Students in Teaneck, N.J., might have taken senior prank season a bit too far this year. At least, that’s what the police are saying.

More than 60 Teaneck High School seniors were arrested overnight for breaking into their school, flipping desks, greasing doorknobs and peeing on floors.

The students could potentially face criminal mischief and burglary charges for the prank.

“I’ve been a police officer 19 years and this is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Teaneck Police Sgt. John Garland told NBC New York.

Police responded to the scene around 2:30 a.m., when the students’ presence set off the school’s alarms. Many tried to sneak away, but police managed to detain dozens of the high schoolers.

Twenty-four of the seniors arrested were over 18 and will have to appear in court. The other 38 juveniles were released to their parents.

“They’re all in some pretty serious trouble,” Garland said.

District superintendent Barbara Pinsak told NBC New York that the school system is weighing options for disciplinary action.

And with balloons and streamers still strewn about the floor, classes began as per usual on Thursday.

About 40 percent of the New Jersey town of 40,000 is Jewish, but there was no immediate word on identities of the arrested students.



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