PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A group of students are accused of breaking into and vandalizing Petersburg High School early Friday morning.
According to Petersburg Schools, an alarm went off shortly before 1 a.m. School officials and police found widespread graffiti and destruction of property.
Officials say several students were caught on video breaking into the school, and that two of them have already been arrested. Additional arrests are expected.
“It is common for high school students to engage in pranks at this time of year, but this went too far. It is a criminal matter, and students will be held accountable.”
The majority of Petersburg students behave correctly, make good choices and work to achieve success. It is unfortunate that a few students have chosen to harm the school, which is an important part of the Petersburg community. There will be significant consequences for their actions.
Petersburg City Public Schools is grateful to our maintenance and custodial teams and our teachers, administrators and staff members who have been working since early this morning to clean up the school.” — Petersburg City Public Schools
Some students 8News spoke with said they weren’t surprised this happened due to what they called ‘a lack of respect’ from administration.
“Feel like it’s payback because the way they treat us,” junior Joseph Green said. “They don’t give us no respect. We go to a dirty school with dirty food like it’s a jail or something.”
Davion Tribbey added, ” Last night was some retaliation type stuff. You did this to our lives so we’re going to do this to your school, basically.”
Police said they expect to make more arrests in the coming days. Anyone with information is urged to call the police at 804-203-4466.