3 Ex-Students Accused In Teaneck Prank Enter First-Time Offender Intervention Program
TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Three former students charged in a senior prank at Teaneck High School have chosen to enter a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders.
The 18-year-old students – Benjamin Bland, David Jones, and Matthew Moring — will pay $158 in court fees and must stay out of trouble for six months, The Record reported. If they abide by those conditions, they will walk away without criminal records.
The deals were approved during a municipal court session on Wednesday.
The three defendants were among dozens of Teaneck High School student charged after a May 1 prank there caused widespread vandalism in the school that included graffiti and overturned desks and chairs.
The school was also trashed with silly string, door knobs were greased, and pieces of sliced hot dogs were taped to lockers. Police also claimed the students urinated in the hallways, although the school superintendent later said there was no evidence that happened.
A total of 63 students were rounded up and arrested around 2 a.m. on May 1 after police were tipped off to the prank by a burglar alarm.
The students were initially charged with burglary and criminal mischief, but Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli later downgraded the charges.
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