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JDHS senior 'prank' under investigation

The prank at Juneau-Douglas High School in late May is now being handled by the Juneau Police Department.

One or more students — presumably seniors — urinated and defecated in the school’s entryway early May 22 as a goodbye prank before they graduated that weekend. Principal Paula Casperson, administrative assistant Pam Tippits and district maintenance staff cleaned the area before school started, district chief of staff Kristin Bartlett said in a past Empire report. The mess took about 45 minutes to clean up.

The prank qualifies as vandalism under district policies, Bartlett said. JPD is now looking into identifying the student or students who committed the vandalism, she said.

“A police report has been filed regarding this incident,” Bartlett said in an email. “Any students identified would face disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Handbook.”

Vandalism falls under category 1.05 on JDHS’ discipline grid. Category 1 infractions “include the most severe violations of policies and school rules,” the handbook states. “These violations constitute a significant danger to the health, safety and well-being of people or property within the school community.”

According to the policy, the minimum penalty for most category 1 violations is between one and 10 days suspension. The maximum is permanent expulsion.

“Discipline will be imposed as appropriate in response to the nature and severity of an offense,” it states.

Bartlett didn’t say what would happen if the perpetrators were seniors who already graduated. It is now up to the police department to identify the students, she said.

“The matter was turned over to the Juneau Police Department and I do not know if they have identified any students,” Bartlett said.

Calls to JPD were not returned by press time.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com.

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