Pearl River School District officials made it clear they view the vandalism at Pearl River High School last week as a crime.
"We are deeply disappointed with the actions of a group of students," Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said. "Their behavior was disrespectful not only to the school, but to their peers and to a community that has been so supportive of our students as well.
"The district will press charges against any students involved."
anticipate making arrests soon related to the vandalism incident at Pearl River High School. According to police, exterior walls of the school were spray painted in three places. Hurdles used for track and field were dragged out of their storage area, damaging the field and the equipment. The outfield fence on the baseball field was also damaged.
Pearl River Director of Human Resources and Community Relations Diana Musich said the current estimate on the damage is $2,500, but that number could go up significantly. As of Monday evening, they were still trying to clean the paint from exterior walls, one facing the parking lot near the entrance to the gym and one facing the athletic fields.
Investigators are using footage from security cameras to identify suspects. The police suspect multiple students from the high school were involved.
Musich said she was unable to comment when asked what discipline students found to be involved might face from the district. June 8 was the final day of classes at Pearl River High School for this year, but students are taking local final exams and Regents Exams this week and next. Graduation is scheduled for June 21 at 6 p.m.