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10 teens face felony charges for 'senior prank'

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 13:45:57-04

10 teenagers have been charged for their involvement in vandalizing Sebring High School during a "senior prank" in May.

The “senior prank,” that took place back on May 18, left no permanent damage to the school but did require more than $4,000 worth of cleanup due to large amounts of cooking oil being dumped at the entrance door of every building and into the pool. Toilet paper, eggs, tacks, powder and glitter were also used in the vandalism, which was caught on video, according to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

All the teenagers were students of Sebring High School at the time of the vandalism.

A professional cleaning crew had to be hired to mitigate the damage done by the oil, and the pool’s filtration system had to be serviced to remove the cooking oil. Several classes had to be moved the next day to avoid students having to walk through the oil on their way to class.

Charged with felony criminal mischief, burglary and interfering with a school function are:

  • Oendy Valle, 18
  • Cole Howell, 18
  • Tyrek Earl Antonio Richards, 19
  • Gianni Alexander Oliva, 18
  • Kyree Rhontre Watson, 19
  • Darryl Gene Taylor, 18

Four juveniles were also involved and are facing the same charges.