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Orangetown Police Arrest Two PRHS Students for Vandalism of School

Two Pearl River High School student were arrested Tuesday in connection with the vandalism of the high school early last Friday morning.

Orangetown Police arrested two Pearl River High School students Tuesday in connection with the vandalism of high school property at approximately 2 a.m. Friday, June 8. 

According to a release from the Detective Bureau of the Orangetown Police Department, the students are not being identified at this time because they are eligible for "Youth Offender" status. 

The students were charged with Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor and Criminal Trespass in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Students spray painted graffiti on exterior walls of the high school and damaged playing fields and sports equipment, including hurdles used for track and field and the portable outfield fence on the baseball field.

Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said earlier this week the district will press charges against any students involved. 

The investigation is ongoing. The Orangetown Police Detective Bureau is asking any individuals with information regarding the incident to call the bureau at (845) 359-2121.

sos June 14, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I agree cleaning and volunteer work should have been the punishment and paying for the damage but the Police should not have been involved. Why didn't the Principal not talk to the parents of this children without the Police being involved. It will ruin their lives. They will lose academic scholarships etc.
sos June 14, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I agree they should pay but possible Jail time just is not right, kids do not think first and we all learn from our mistakes but doing a senseless act as a teenagere should not stay with us forever.
sos June 14, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I agree, what do we accomplish by putting this kids through the Court system. It will ruin their lives.People should have a heart.
sos June 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
KIds wil be kids, punish them but do you really think their lives should be ruined by a possible jail sentence. Come On that is crazy. Make them pay and community service and let them learn their lesson and become better people. Who has not made a mistake in their life through the first stone.
sos June 14, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Does it matter who, our youth need to learn. The question is whats the punishment. Why didn't the principal handle this, why the police to ruin their lives. It will make it very hard to rehabiliate these kids if they spend time in jail. Could they not agree to do community service and pay for the damage. That sounds fair and in the long run would make them better people not worse.
sos June 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Dont believe they broke anything to get in and I don't beleive they stole anything, It was a stupid prank that went to far. They are charged with trespass and criminal mischief. No its not a felony and it really doesnt even raise to a Class A misdameanor because no person was hurt, so Class B would probably be more appropriate but I agree pay for the damages and community service should send the message, why press charges, it doesnt accomplish anything.
sos June 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I agree what does their history show. Did they get arrested before. It is just a prank gone overboard. Punish in house. Surely the school should be able to handle this with out the police.
sos June 14, 2012 at 09:54 PM
ok throw
wildcat13 June 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
i think this was so stupid wat they did. who would distroy there on school
John Taggart June 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM
No one remembers the crazy days growing up. Maybe it dosen't happen any more, thats sad in a wierd way. Anyone ever see American Grafiti and laugh. This was stupid but maybe a man will come out of this. As it is we're going to have to start a war with a draft just to get the 32 year olds out of their parents basements. I'm becoming proud of these kids as I see the over reactions. It was stupid but it took guts.
ed June 15, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I'm not quite following your thought process. You are proud of students that vandalize and deface their school, based on a few comments on this website. Where are your priorities???
John Taggart June 15, 2012 at 02:26 AM
My priorities are fine. The people who want to push this as far as it will go have odd priorities. I remember being a twisted up teenager. This should be setteled between the school and the parents, with some community service by a juvi judge. No permanent record over spray paint.
Really? June 15, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Ok, John Taggart...I hear what you are saying...but what was their cause....what was their revolution about....I think they just wanted to out do other years of senior pranks....more like poor judgement and a lack of ability to see five minutes into their own futures.....I pray for them and their families...I would hope my kids would NEVER do something like that....but never say never...just pray
ed June 15, 2012 at 02:53 AM
John Taggart, I have to say I vehemently disagree with you. It is one thing to play a prank, i.e, move some hurdles and nets, but a completely different ball game to vandalize and deface school property. It is against the law to vandalize in this country. If they are old enough to vote and old enough to go to war, then they should be held accountable for committing a crime.
John Taggart June 15, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Really: If they had a cause we'll probably know soon, If they have rap sheets a mile long we'll know soon. Only in the latter case do I consider formal charges needed. What we know now is 2 idiot teen rebels without a cause did some weak graffiti and broke 2 pieces of plastic... may have failed gym...I don't like the "make an example" idea, it leads to unequal inforcement. There was alot of publicity on this, other times there is none. They will pay, the parents will pay $, community service I'm sure. I'll bet there sorry and paying now.
John Taggart June 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM
ed, They're under 18 years old. They're minors. My post at 7:59 was off, especially about the 32 year olds, should have said 30, but I'm leaving it. Too many kids today are marshmallows. Unless the kids have a really bad history the school should drop the charges in lieu of comunity service.
ed June 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
John, I still disagree. 1) You are now judging their graffiti as "weak graffiti", which, fyi, was initially much darker and prominent until people worked for hours to try and erase it. Isn't any graffiti of a school called vandalism? 2) Perhaps they did fail gym. Is that relevant to this matter? Does that justify defacing a school and "breaking 2 pieces of plastic" as you say? Those "2 pieces of plastic" were property of the school. 3) You quoted "making an example". Who suggested an example be set? It's called accountability...something there is very little of in Pearl River. These kids, people that will be attending college in 2 months, made a mistake. They committed a crime, so they should be prosecuted. 4) If you are 17 or 18, (you seem to know that they are 17) and you are pulled over by a cop. Do you get off easy because your 17?
The Merm June 15, 2012 at 09:25 PM
As a life long resident of this town, I am angered when I see the attitude of so many posters who are willing to allow these kids receive a slap on the wrist although they have committed a crime that has cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Our society has lost all sense of morality, and many parents today are not being authority figures to their children (eg. allowing a teenager to roam the streets in the wee hours of the morning). These parents are just as much to blame as the kids who committed the crime. As young people, many of us have done foolish/stupid things, but we drew the line when it came to something that was against the law. Why? Probably because our parents let us rot in jail, and when we did get out of jail, they would make our life a living hell. This is not the case today. Everybody makes excuses for their kids' transgressions. I ask this---at what age should a person be held accountable when they break the law??
John Taggart June 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
ed, we're not going to agree, but I'll answer your points. I my poinion. The graffiti was weak, a few words, no racism, poor street art value. My school had its own sand blaster. Where is PRs? Failing something is a posible cause for anger. The pieces of plastic don't belong to the school, nothing does. The school belonges to the tax payers who support it, including the parents of these kids. The people who are calling for a more severe punishment than anyone has gotten in the past, are looking too "make an example". I meant it as a phrase not a quote. I don't know how old they are, but they are less than 18 or juvinile defender would not be an option.
John Taggart June 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
What should happen to the kid who ran away to NYC, and his family? What did that cost the tax payer. If your kid was in trouble you'ld be singing a different tune, I hope. No parent would let their kid go to jail if they could help it, and no kid has ever gone to jail for spray painting, school sucks, on a building.
The Merm June 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM
John Taggart--I have 4 kids, and if my kid were one of these kids, I WOULD NOT be singing a different tune. I would let them face the consequences. They are certainly old enough to know right from wrong by high school age. Sometimes the real world can be harsh! That's why they should be taught at an early age that if you make a poor decision you could quite possibly face some very unpleasant consequences. That's called "GOOD PARENTING."
The Merm June 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM
John Taggart--Once a person is arrested, I can't control whether they go to jail or have a permanent record, that's up to a judge to decide. That's why I said, we have taught our children from a very early age to respect the law, and be prepared to face the consequences of poor decisions. If that's drummed into their heads enough, they get the message, and don't make poor decisions. Again, GOOD PARENTING!!
John Taggart June 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Would you allow your juvinile kids to go to jail or have permenant records over stupid spray paint vandilism?
The Merm June 16, 2012 at 01:02 AM
John Taggart--Maybe in your fantasy world you can control what happens, but in the real world the justice system is in control once a crime has been committed.
ed June 16, 2012 at 01:45 AM
John, while I appreciate you attempting to address my points, I still cannot follow your thought process. It seems that you are judging their street credibility..."poor street art value". Does their lack of artistry diminish the crime? Should they be slapped on the wrist b/c you weren't offended by Kanye West's lyrics? Doesn't make much sense. Are you blaming PRHS for the vandalism b/c the don't have a sand blaster? Why don't you ask your school if PR can borrow theirs. And, interesting how quick you are to minimize Track hurdles by simply calling them "pieces of plastic". Next item: I agree that failing something is cause for anger...but while you are grasping for straws and making excuses for a criminal act, does failing a class justify defacing a school? And lastly, more severe punishment doesn't mean jail or cutting of a finger. It means being prosecuted. We live in a civilized country and there are laws that all citizens must abide by. Do you not think graduating seniors (17/18 year olds) are cognizant of their actions and potential consequences? Best, ed
John Taggart June 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Yes, you and the school and the cops and friends and neighbors can "control" what happens. Negotiations on that start at the time of arrest.
John Taggart June 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The justice system is all about negotiation. The school can drop the charges for one thing. Age, past activity good and bad, emotional state, ect. play a role in what punishment is given.
John Taggart June 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Ed, Nothing they did is justified. Thanks.
Barbara August 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
John Taggart The punishment is controlled by the High School Code of Conduct that all students and their parents sign. Get a copy and read it -- you will see how police got involved as they should have been.
Mom August 09, 2012 at 11:55 AM
When I initially heard what happened I thought it was a prank that had gotten out of control and that having them arrested was over the top. As details unfolded I realized that there was a lot more to it. I have heard that there were about 20 kids involved and that some were "blackfaced" wearing hoodies. This was obviously planned. Who carries black spray paint and stuff to camouflage your face? Yes, I can see 1 or 2 kids "sneaking" out of the house but NOT that many at 2 in the morning! If it happened at 2am on Friday then that would have been a school night as well! I'd be shocked if any of them do ANY jail time; nor would I want them to. The principal, Mr Furdon, did the right thing calling the police. If he didn't then a future class might feel the need to top this one. I am sorry for the student and his family (whom I don't know personally) that lost a big scholarship that might have cost them upwards of $80,000 for $3500 (cleanup cost) of stupidity. My 4 children are all younger and we talked about this at the dinner table. They heard from us again about taking personal responsibility for their actions/choices and respecting others and others' property. I also went to Pearl River High School and my parents had these lessons ingrained in us at a very early age. I believe the parents should be held responsible for their children's actions and that these children, who are actually young adults, need to also be accountable for their behavior.

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