Eight West Jessamine High School seniors have been charged after what's been described as a senior prank that got out of hand. Last Tuesday, officials discovered spray paint on signs throughout the campus, toilet paper in trees and on the building, and petroleum jelly on computers.
Three seniors, Jonah Gentry, Jeff Ziemann, and Kendall Jones are charged with burglary, four others, Harold Brabon, Austin Martin, Joseph Durbin, and Sean Donaldson are charged with complicity to commit burglary. One West Jessamine student who says he was originally part of the prank spoke out today.
"We were supposed to just originally do the toilet paper outside. There wasn't supposed to be any paint. Really it was just supposed to be a funny joke, but people wanted to go overboard," says Tyler Pasch. He says he backed out of the prank when he discovered how much damage would be done.
The day the vandalism was discovered, one of the students charged tweeted out that the Class of 2012 was "going big". Another tweeted that the class would be remembered for the vandalism. Pasch says being remembered for something like this is a disgrace.
"I don't like being remembered as that. I think if we did a funny, innocent prank, maybe being remembered by that, but not by vandalizing the school," says Pasch.
According to the complaints, one teacher had personal belongings smeared with petroleum jelly.
"She was tore up. She was crying. We all went and bought her a gift card to pay for the books and damage that happened," he says.
Pasch says he hopes next year's seniors don't try to pull something like this.
"They think they're going to one-up it. I'm just telling them, 'Don't do it. It's not worth it. You don't want to be remembered as that,' So hopefully they think a little smarter and do something funny, something innocent," he says.
Those seniors are set to be in court on June 13 at 9:00 AM.