Live chickens, spray-painting, porn lead up to arrests in high school senior prank, say Illinois police

2:37 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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(CBS) RIVERSIDE, Illinois - Two Illinois teens are facing felony charges after police say they damaged their high school during a senior prank last week, CBS Chicago reports.

Police responded to Riverside Brookfield High School in Riverside Township, Ill. at around 12:45 a.m. Oct. 2 and found a large group of students covering the school in toilet paper and shaving cream, reports the station. Police say the shenanigans are part of a long-standing tradition that occurs the night before the school's homecoming football game.

However, this time, officers found the high school had been seriously damaged, reports the station.

The building had been spray-painted and four live chickens were left in a crib at the doors, police said.

Authorities also say door locks were damaged with expanding foam and pornographic pictures with handwritten notes referring to school staff members were left on doors and nailed to trees.

Some people had fled as officers arrived, but more than 100 stayed in front of the school and continued writing slogans in shaving cream, police said.

"This investigation was prolonged as school staff and investigators had to view video and individually attempt to identify those students that actually committed a criminal act versus those students that were there to only participate in the sanctioned pre-homecoming tradition that has gone on for over 20 years," Riverside police Chief Tom Weitzel said.

"This arrest represents a very small percentage of the students that were outside the school Wednesday night," Weitzel said. "Only two students crossed the line from sanctioned activities to criminal acts."

Frad Johnson, 18, and Raul Garcia, 17, both of North Riverside, were charged with felony criminal damage to state-supported property, police said. Garcia was charged as an adult.

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