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Police: 63 Arrested for Breaking Into School, Urinating in Halls in Senior Prank

Teaneck High students face burglary and criminal mischief charges.

More than 60 Teaneck High School seniors were arrested early Thursday morning after a senior prank involved urinating in the hallways, smearing Vaseline on walls and door knobs, flipping over desks and littering the school with balloons.

"I've been a police officer 19 years, and this is the craziest thing I've ever seen," Teaneck Police Sgt. John Garland told NBC New York.

According to Acting Police Chief Robert Carney, officers responded to a burglar alarm at the school shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. Officers found dozens of teens, some hiding, inside the school while others ran away, the report said.

A total of 63 students—24 adults and 39 juveniles—were arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

The police released Thursday afternoon the names of the adult students arrested:
  • Jessica Kim
  • Ashley Martin
  • Stephanie Rubok
  • Tiffany Combs
  • Kamal Fatima Unar
  • Nancy Morales
  • Kimberly Chevalier
  • Benjamin Bland
  • Jamir Cope
  • Brandon Lopez
  • Leutrin Saiti
  • David Jones
  • Abdul-Mumin Abdulai
  • Bryan Cruz
  • Jeffrey Bivens
  • Robert Scott
  • Matthew Morning
  • Sabrina Bautista
  • Jaime McBean
  • Maxine Reyes
  • Maya Stripling
  • Corinne Hendricks
  • Dejanee Archbold
  • Eric Cruz
"You can imagine how disappointed I am," Teaneck High Principal Dennis Heck told NBC.

The school district is considering disciplinary action against the students, according to Superintendent Barbara Pinsak. The damage was cleaned up within a few hours and no repairs were necessary.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the school, including the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit that discovered eight students hiding in a classroom, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Bergen County Police and officers from Fort Lee, Englewood, New Milford, Glen Rock, Paramus, Englewood Cliffs, Palisades Park, Hackensack, Bergenfield, Cresskill, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Bogota, Dumont and the Palisades Interstate Parkway all responded to the scene.

Classes were in session as usual on Thursday.
knee jerk May 05, 2014 at 09:08 PM
When I first saw this headline I thought it was senior citizens with prostate problems pulling a prank.
Macko D May 06, 2014 at 09:38 AM
John S. - good points. I guess what concerns me is that some "pranks" seem more "acceptable" e.g. vaseline, balloons, overturning desks. Most of us could envision, although still not condone, such stupid and borderline criminal behavior. But I think we don't WANT to believe that some people could be so vile and depraved as to urinate on someone elses's - the peoples' - property. So my suspicion is that the school officials therefore are covering this up. I think you'd agree that the school has motivation here to lie or exaggerate as well. As far as the massive police response, I suspect that in this day and age (post Columbine and Newtown, CT) that any time there is a problem at a school, the police will respond in force. They didn't know at the time of the response that the incident could've been handled with fewer policemen. They erred on the side of caution - I can't blame them for that. Thanks for your thoughts.
Matthew Minthorn May 07, 2014 at 01:42 AM
I hope they learned a lesson from this. This is a prank gone wrong.
Brandy the Dog May 07, 2014 at 06:17 AM
Why wasn't the school secure?
JeffO May 07, 2014 at 08:10 AM
No one has a bigger stake in his/her version of the facts than the acting chief, whose leadership has been tested only a few weeks after assuming his new role. Watch this 7-minute clip to the end -- it looks like it's over 2/3 of the way in, but it definitely is not. >> http://newjersey.news12.com/multimedia/officials-give-update-on-teaneck-high-school-arrests-1.7886448

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