13 Carroll High Seniors Charged in Spray Painting Messages

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have charged 13 Carroll High School seniors in connection with spray painting vulgar messages outside the school and inside a locker room.

Police believe at least two more may have been involved in the spray painting last week.

Ozark Deputy Police Chief Myron Williams says seven of the students were charged with criminal mischief and trespassing and booked into the Dale County Jail.

Williams says the six other students under 18, whose names were not disclosed, will face charges in the juvenile court system.

The chief says school administrators received a tip about the students who were involved.

Ozark City Schools Superintendent Michael Lenhart says an administrative hearing will be held for each of the students to discuss whether each will be placed on homebound instruction or in alternative learning school for the remainder of the school year.

Administrators also must decide whether the students will be allowed to will walk during graduation ceremonies or attend prom.

He says the leaders of the spray painting could face expulsion.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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