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June 23, 2014

Orangefield JH vandalized, 4 juveniles suspected — Damages range from $15,000 to $20,000

ORANGEFIELD — Four juveniles are suspects in the vandalism of Orangefield Jr. High School that occurred on Friday.

Damages at the school range from $15,000 to $20,000, according to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a report from an official with the Orangefield Independent School District that the junior high school building had been vandalized at about 7:35 a.m. June 20.

Once Deputies arrived, the custodial staff at the school reported they found different areas within the school that had been ransacked and damaged. During the investigation, deputies located open paint cans with the contents dumped on the floors and spread on some lockers in the main hall. Several of the class rooms had paint, glue, and hand sanitizer spread on chairs and on the floors. A trophy was found broken in a locker room and food products were spread in areas throughout the school. Garbage cans were turned over and trash was spread across the floors.  There were a few white boards that had explicative and derogatory language written on them, with some containing vulgar drawings.

A school official gave an initial rough estimate of anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 worth of damage in total to the school building.

Deputies were able to gather evidence from the scene, and after following up on some of the information, deputies were able to track down four white male juveniles who made a statement regarding the crime.

Two of the juveniles, a 15-year-old and 13-year-old, were enrolled as students in the Orangefield School District and live near the school. The other two juveniles, a 14-year-old and 13-year-old, reside in Beaumont but were staying with a relative in the Orangefield area at the time.

The Orangefield School District is pursing charges and the investigation is ongoing.


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