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Authorities Name 19 Arrested After 'Senior Prank'

Officials with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office say more arrests are possible.

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.

Ronald March 12, 2012 at 08:34 PM
What kind of Parents let their 17 year old kids stay out till 4 o'clock in the morning ?
Gerry Lynn Murtha March 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I agree what parents let their children be out at 4 AM? These kids need to be in church and then maybe their would learn that your actions have consequences and these can last for a long time. It can ruin their lives. If they are smart enough to get a scholarship then should they not be smart enough to stay out of trouble. If they are not punished for their actions, just what are their learning....they can do whatever they want and someone will get them out of trouble. They need to learn from this so they will stay out of trouble. Our kids today have lost all their morales and that is not good.
Del Martin March 13, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Spray painting "Senior" at the school? High school seniors have been doing that for decades. It is a right of passage. Yes, they used poor judgement, as teenagers do. Punish them by making them clean it up, pay for the damages, do community service -- but don't make them criminals -- there are plenty of real criminals out there to chase.
Randall March 14, 2012 at 02:23 AM
To Ronald and Gerry: I feel sorry for your children if you cannot trust them at age 17. I would guess that all these teenagers will be better equipped to deal with real world issues than your children who you appearantly baby and never let them out of your sight. Further, who goes to church at 4:00 am? Next, I think the Patch and the Paulding County Sherrif's Deparyment are sensationalizing the story by stating they are charged with felonies. I would bet not a single individual will be convicted with a felony. They should not even have been charged. As Del said, it is a stupid senior prank and they should just be forced to clean it up. Just being charged has ramifications. If any are fortunate enough to get accepted to Law School they will have to explain this matter, because the authorities were not smart enough to recognize this for what it is.
Just Wait March 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The first thing parents, students, schools and the media need to learn, these actions are not "pranks," they are crimes. Big difference. As lot as everyone continues to refer to them as "pranks" the seriousness of these actions will not be clear to young people. Call them what they are, crimes, with serious and life long consequences.
Larry Lightner March 14, 2012 at 04:20 PM
There are four areas of concern that the authorities need to follow policies and rules of law; making appropriate decisions for accountability. (1) The school is responsible to follow their policies and make the students accountable for thier choices. (2) The legal agencies (police and courts) are responsible to follow the rules of law, holding the students accountable for their choices. (3) The parents should be held liable for lack of supervision of their minor children, and held accountable as the rules of law stipulate. (4) Those who were not current students should be held accountable for their acts of trespass and vandelism in line with the rules of law. The community commentators, while certainly angry with the poor decisions of these young people, are generally looking to stipulate the "punishment" without regard to the legal processes that are already stipulated. To accord the students the title of "good" does not play out in their behavior. The school administration needs to re-visit the teaching and expectations for their students, to establish that such behavior has a cost, and that every student is fully aware of the policies and expectations. This is part of their role as employees for the school system.
Cara March 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Amen!
Mark March 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
My thoughts exactly!
Mike March 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Yeah its always tempting for authorities to "send a message" with these bad senior pranks. Something similar happened at my high school way back when...the kids got in alot of trouble, way more than you woulda thought. I didnt understand why they thought that was "cool" back then, and i still dont. Its trashy behavior, and its so sad to see all these follower kids do this stuff to be "cool"..i guarantee you thats why an overwhelming majority of these kids did it...so they could say "i was there, how cool", Im sure they dont think its so cool now, and its a harsh intro into adulthood. Make them clean up roads all summer
Ronald March 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Randall, Everyone has their own way of raising a child. Some choose to be their children's buddy and some choose to be parents.
Mark March 16, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Yes, make them clean it up and some community service. But a felony charge is too much.
Christine Catoe March 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Haha, I say way to go Seniors of EPHS now the other Paulding County high school student body don't look so bad!! :) lol I'd also like to say to the parents ridiculing these parents for letting there kids out at 4am, don't act like y'all have never snuck out of the house when y'all were younger and who says these parents "let" there kids go out. Most parents are asleep at 4am so it's not like it'd be hard to sneak out and btw, I'm a Christian but religion has nothing to do with how a kid is raised bc you can still not be a Believer in God and have the same qualifications for raising your child, as in manners and etc and to say that these kids need to sit in church and that by doing this would solve the problem is ignorant.
Marilyn Ostby March 30, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I have a nephew in Cali that did basically the same thing. He was expelled from that school permanently AND forbidden on school property. Ever. Also was charged with felony. Schools have their rules & need to follow them. It was wrong & all of them had to know it was wrong notwithstanding who their parents are, who their friends are, how popular they are or to how much money they have access.

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