Twelve Moanalua High School seniors will be banned from taking part in the school’s graduation ceremony on Friday after the campus was vandalized overnight Monday.
The students have been identified as possible suspects in the incident and are under investigation, the state Department of Education said. Police have opened cases of second-degree criminal property damage and a second-degree burglary.
Derek Inoshita, DOE spokesman, said officials discovered the vandalism this morning, which includes spray-painted “seniors” graffiti on multiple buildings and a driver’s education vehicle. Also, vandals apparently ripped a water fountain off a wall and draped toilet paper in trees on the campus.
Officials were investigating whether a classroom was broken in to and if anything had been taken.
“This incident is unfortunate and unacceptable,” said DOE spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz in a statement. “It has had an impact on the entire school community as it prepares to celebrate its upcoming graduation. We commend the school staff for taking immediate action in cleaning up the campus and for appropriate actions against the students.”
A damage estimate was not available.