Senior prank leads to vandalism at Hibriten and South

May. 20, 2013 @ 08:22 PM

As part of a senior prank, a group of Hibriten High School students vandalized property at their own school and at South Caldwell High School, according to police records and Caldwell County Schools.

Students stole two panther statues from the Hibriten softball field on April 27, according to a Lenoir police report. The statues – which had a total value of $700, according to the report – have since been returned, said Libby Brown, community services director for Caldwell County Schools.

Vandalism also occurred at South Caldwell High School, but that incident wasn’t investigated by police or by the Caldwell County Sherriff’s Office, and Brown declined to comment on the specifics of the incident.

Damage to both campuses totaled less than $100, Brown said. Disciplinary action was handled collaboratively between administrators at Hibriten and South, she said.

Brown declined to comment on the number of students involved in the incident, the specific disciplinary action taken, and whether that disciplinary action affected students’ graduation status or ability to walk during graduation ceremonies.