Five young women and four young men have been charged with two misdemeanors in connection with the May 9 vandalism of Drew Central High School.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen charged Jerelle Binns, 18; Grace Borse, 18; Elizabeth Smith, 18; Quanesha Davis, 18; Bennett Fuller III, 19; Delane Johnson, 18; Sam Durden Jr., 18; Mariah Burns Williams, 18; and Deandra Miller, 18, all of Drew County, with criminal trespass and second-degree criminal mischief.
Deen issued a criminal summons ordering the young men and women to appear in Drew County District Court.
“I didn’t see fit to tag these students with felonies, so this is how we will proceed,” Deen said. “However, the prank did get out of hand.”
Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,500. Criminal trespass is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in the county jail and a $1,000 fine.
Two juveniles suspected of the same crimes have been referred to juvenile court, Deen said.
The students publicly apologized for their alleged actions in May during a Drew Central School Board meeting.