The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Breaking News

Local News

May 22, 2013

Students barred from grad ceremony

About 20 Wayne High School students are barred from the school’s graduation ceremony because of a senior prank that damaged the building.

Media outlets report that the Wayne County Board of Education suspended the students from school property at a special meeting Monday night. The graduation ceremony will be held at the school Wednesday evening.

Board member Vickey Boyd said the students will receive their diplomas.

“I hope the kids who want to do pranks set out to have fun but they know not to destroy school property,” Boyd told The Herald-Dispatch. “I was like a lot of people with the question, ‘There’s always a prank. Why did they decide to call the cops this year?’ I think we all learned that the damage was severe, and a lot of lessons have been learned.”

West Virginia State Police say the students broke windows to get inside the building, then smeared deer carcasses and poured deer urine in several rooms.

No charges will be filed against students who agree to a pre-trial diversion, which could include community service. State police Sgt. R.D. Perry said students who do not agree to a pre-trial diversion will face will face felony charges of breaking and entering and destruction of property, along with misdemeanor disruption of a school function.

Boyd said two groups of students entered the school either late May 16 or early May 17. One group smeared the deer carcasses and poured the deer ruin. The other group placed 1,800 cups of water throughout the hallways.

“We learned that all of the students were caught on camera and are easily identifiable,” she said. “However, there is a lot of damage to the school, and the problem is that we can’t determine which group did what.”

Wayne senior Amy Napier was with the group that lined the hallways with cups of water. She said her group should not receive the same punishment as the other group.

Napier said her group did not know the other group would be at the school, or how severe their prank would be.

“We were immature in thinking by staying there, and letting them do their prank, that their actions would not affect us,” Napier told WSAZ-TV. “However, they have. We can’t walk across the stage at graduation because of the deer incident, even though we weren’t involved in that part of the prank.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Jury trial set in Bob Graham case

    Robert E. “Bob” Graham, the former executive director of the Wyoming County Council on Aging and All-Care Home and Community Services Inc., will be back in U.S. District Court in Bluefield this October for a trial to recover consequential damages for aggravation and inconvenience from National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., the insurance company that provided him coverage when he served as director of the two agencies.

    July 25, 2014

  • Calendar — Friday, July 25, 2014

    July 25, 2014

  • Kids drama camp dips into the acting bug

    Some kids growled and grumbled. Others complained about the stories they heard. A few wore pig noses. Grandpa nearly fell asleep.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sewage treatment plant project clears another hurdle

    Ronceverte’s planned construction of a new sewage treatment plant cleared another regulatory hurdle with the expiration Wednesday of a 20-day waiting period at the state Public Service Commission.

    July 25, 2014

  • Saints arrive 1 Saints march into ‘Almost Heaven, W.Va.’

    At 3:54 p.m. Wednesday afternoon the New Orleans Saints’ chartered flight touched the ground at the Greenbrier Valley Airport, and Greenbrier County officially became “Who Dat?” Country. INCLUDES TOUT VIDEO.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Broadband panel eyes access to rural areas

    The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council met far outside its typical Charleston venue Wednesday to hear issues about Internet speeds in some of the state’s most rural regions.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lewisburg official says fuel spill contained, drinking water safe

    Lewisburg’s public works director is confident that a Tuesday afternoon fuel spill 60 miles upriver from the city water system’s intake has been contained and the water is safe to drink.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lewisburg keeping eye on gas spill

    Mayor John Manchester said Tuesday night it was in the city’s best interest that officials proceed with caution to reports of a diesel spill farther up the Greenbrier River because “we wouldn’t want to run into an Elk River challenge here."

    July 24, 2014

  • NCCC team brings its skills to work in Hinton

    William Custus, 20, of Washington, and Sabree Koonce, 21, of Leavenworth, Kan., have spent the summer making West Virginia beautiful.

    July 24, 2014

  • Cyclist injured in accident

    A cyclist was injured on a trail near the Gauley River when she fell from her bike to avoid a tree branch.

    July 24, 2014