released the names Monday of the 19 teenagers—ranging in age from 17 to 19—who were arrested in connection with the vandalism of .
According to a Sheriff's Office news release, all 19 are charged with felony criminal interference with government property.
The arrests came sometime after 3:47 a.m. Sunday after deputies responded to a passer-by’s tip stating that multiple people dressed in all black were spray-painting the school.
When deputies arrived, males and females scattered, and the deputies gave chase, catching several of those who had been vandalizing the school.
Though 19 people have been arrested, authorities say more arrests are probable as the investigation continues.
Those age 17 who were arrested are Courtney Reede Grant, Hunter Harry Ledbetter, Brandon Lee Owensby, William Patrick, Courtney Lynn Turner and Zachariah Jame Zazverskey. Under Georgia law, the justice system treats all 17-year-olds as adults.
Eleven 18-year-olds were arrested: Olamide Ayobele Akinbohun, Jamie Raquel Bowder, Christian Armani Browder, Deanna Marie Dane, Michael Chance Kornegay, Walter Lewis III, Harold Gene Nowden, Jovanca Briana Pazmino, Joshua Alexendria Pete, Andres Bryce Forn Suttles and Madison Nicole Wood.
Also arrested were 19-year-olds Jeremy Rogers and Devantae Alexander Terrell.
Investigators are still determining if all those arrested are students at East Paulding High.
The vandalism is being regarded as a “senior prank” by some. Those involved in the incident spray-painted “Senior” and “2012” across the school’s campus—including the guard shack, two county vehicles and the roadway—and the subdivision across the street.
The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and the are urging those with any additional information to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at the Sheriff’s Office at 770-443-3105.
Dallas-Hiram Patch will have more on this story as it develops.