By Crystal Damron
Dec. 25, 2013 — Students at East Carter High School got a late start to classes on Wednesday morning after an incident of vandalism.
Reports indicate that an upstairs hallway in the school was sprayed with the contents of a fire extinguisher and silly string. Members of the janitorial, maintenance and instructional staff, as well as Central Office employees, were reportedly cleaning up the mess so student could return to class.
While the clean up took place, students were held in the gymnasium and returned to classes around 10:30 a.m.
Some students with medical concerns were signed out in fear of the fire extinguisher contents, which are chemical, causing breathing issues.
Catching the vandals will not be as simple as reviewing security footage on the school’s cameras because, as Dotson explained, the current equipment is old and ineffective.
“Last month we actually looked into updating our camera system. We’ve been quoted and have them ordered, but they haven't come in yet,” he said.
The investigation of the vandalism, being carried out by the Grayson Police Department, is in its beginning stages, but Dotson said after speaking with Police Chief Kevin McDavid Thursday morning, they are confident they will be able to soon identify the responsible person or group involved and employ the appropriate consequences.
If the vandals are not students, there are still criminal charges for breaking and entering that may apply, along with defacing public property.
This is the latest in a line of vandalism incidents at the school. Hundreds of crickets were released just days before the May 2013 graduation. The involved parties, all seniors, were not permitted to participate in the ceremony.
The Grayson Police Department is investigating the incident.