Orangetown Police Arrest Two PRHS Students for Vandalism of School

Two Pearl River High School student were arrested Tuesday in connection with the vandalism of the high school early last Friday morning.

Orangetown Police arrested two Pearl River High School students Tuesday in connection with the vandalism of high school property at approximately 2 a.m. Friday, June 8. 

According to a release from the Detective Bureau of the Orangetown Police Department, the students are not being identified at this time because they are eligible for "Youth Offender" status. 

The students were charged with Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor and Criminal Trespass in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Students spray painted graffiti on exterior walls of the high school and damaged playing fields and sports equipment, including hurdles used for track and field and the portable outfield fence on the baseball field.

Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said earlier this week the district will press charges against any students involved. 

The investigation is ongoing. The Orangetown Police Detective Bureau is asking any individuals with information regarding the incident to call the bureau at (845) 359-2121.

John Taggart June 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Yes, you and the school and the cops and friends and neighbors can "control" what happens. Negotiations on that start at the time of arrest.
John Taggart June 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The justice system is all about negotiation. The school can drop the charges for one thing. Age, past activity good and bad, emotional state, ect. play a role in what punishment is given.
John Taggart June 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Ed, Nothing they did is justified. Thanks.
Barbara August 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
John Taggart The punishment is controlled by the High School Code of Conduct that all students and their parents sign. Get a copy and read it -- you will see how police got involved as they should have been.
Mom August 09, 2012 at 11:55 AM
When I initially heard what happened I thought it was a prank that had gotten out of control and that having them arrested was over the top. As details unfolded I realized that there was a lot more to it. I have heard that there were about 20 kids involved and that some were "blackfaced" wearing hoodies. This was obviously planned. Who carries black spray paint and stuff to camouflage your face? Yes, I can see 1 or 2 kids "sneaking" out of the house but NOT that many at 2 in the morning! If it happened at 2am on Friday then that would have been a school night as well! I'd be shocked if any of them do ANY jail time; nor would I want them to. The principal, Mr Furdon, did the right thing calling the police. If he didn't then a future class might feel the need to top this one. I am sorry for the student and his family (whom I don't know personally) that lost a big scholarship that might have cost them upwards of $80,000 for $3500 (cleanup cost) of stupidity. My 4 children are all younger and we talked about this at the dinner table. They heard from us again about taking personal responsibility for their actions/choices and respecting others and others' property. I also went to Pearl River High School and my parents had these lessons ingrained in us at a very early age. I believe the parents should be held responsible for their children's actions and that these children, who are actually young adults, need to also be accountable for their behavior.


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