Senior prank forces Roanoke Rapids High to cancel Tuesday classes

May 21, 2019

Vandalism at Roanoke Rapids High School caused the school to cancel classes Tuesday.

Glue was put in locks on the school doors, oil was spread on the hardwood floors inside, windows were spray painted and streams of toilet paper hung from trees on campus.

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District spokesman Les Atkins called the vandalism “a senior prank that went too far.”

Damage is estimated at $8,500.

Roanoke Rapids High is one of the oldest high schools in the state, dating to 1921.

Atkins said school security videos have been turned over to police. Administrators will make a decision on disciplinary action after police complete their investigation, he said.

High school administrators initially called for a two-hour delay before deciding at about 8:30 a.m. to cancel classes.

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