Multiple floors of Charlotte high school vandalized, district says

School staff said they did not expect any delays on Tuesday.
At this point, the vandals have not been identified and no charges have been filed.
Published: May. 23, 2023 at 8:50 AM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2023 at 10:01 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Police are investigating after a Charlotte high school was vandalized Monday night.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools confirmed the vandalism happened at Mallard Creek High School. A message was sent to families stating there was damage on multiple floors.

Police were seen going in and out of the school building Monday night, along with what looked like janitors.

According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department report, the vandals damaged school property by the use of graffiti. It happened around 9:12 p.m. Monday.

The report listed the estimated damage at $5,000.

Police said in a video Tuesday evening that as many as 50 people were involved in the incident, many of whom were senior students.

Officers said they entered the building through an unlocked window in an empty classroom between 7-8 p.m. The window was unlocked earlier in the school day, and then was returned to in the evening hours.

Surveillance footage showed those involved hid in the classroom until around 9 p.m. when they began causing damage.

Police said charges range from misdemeanor breaking and entering, to damage to property, to vandalism. They also said some seniors who participated may not be able to walk at graduation.

This follows a senior “prank” that recently damaged equipment throughout a Monroe school.

A group of students at Sun Valley High School are said to have poured honey onto electrical panels, printers and copiers, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office. They also allegedly spread flour and toilet paper throughout the hallways.

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