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Teen Charged With Vandalizing High School

Posted June 1, 2007
Updated June 2, 2007

— A 17-year-old was arrested early Friday after authorities found extensive vandalism at Douglas Byrd Senior High School.

Allen Pittman, of 1417 Ireland Drive, is charged with breaking and entering of a school, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering of a school bus, attempted larceny of a school bus, breaking and entering of a coin or vending machine and misdemeanor larceny.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Byrd High at about 4:30 a.m. Friday and arrested Pittman on the adjoining campus of Douglas Byrd Middle School after a short chase, authorities said.

Investigators said Pittman entered the school through an unsecured band room door. Surveillance video from the high school shows a teen roaming through the school and breaking windows, furniture and computers. He also was seen hosing down a science lab with the contents of a fire extinguisher, authorities said.

Pittman told sheriff's deputies he had been drinking and smoking marijuana prior to the alleged incident.

He was in the Cumberland County Detention Center Friday afternoon under an $8,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for June 4.


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  • outsiderpb Jun 3, 2007

    What is the point in breaking into a school. Most kids who do things like this don't want to be in school when its open and this genius breaks in when its closed. I vote for the wood shed also. Then he should have to pay the salary of the poor janitor who actually had to clean up the mess he made.

  • slknkl Jun 3, 2007

    xscout577, you hit the nail on the head my friend!!! this boy needs to be taken to the wood shed for a awhile and afterwards, a public apology to all.and for all the damage he caused he should have to repay till all paid in full!

  • Xscout577 Jun 3, 2007

    quagmire, True the Marines need a few GOOD men ... but not this kid.
    This kid just needs an "Old-fashioned" Tail Beatin' until he can walk straight.(of course, the Marines probably would straighten his dumb*** out)
    Apologies for the explicative, Folks .. I didn't know how else to put it.

  • strolling bones Jun 3, 2007

    Look at his mug shot. He could careless. Cold eyes. I bet we see him in the headlines again soon.

  • Quagmire Jun 2, 2007

    marines need a few good men

  • ladyblue Jun 2, 2007

    Unless his parents knew he was a pun and didn't care, they shouldn't payif they can't afford it. He should spend time in confinement of boot camp and also community service at the schoolcleaning while working a job to repay for damages., and a public apology in person to the students of the school for tearing up their school.

  • mg Jun 1, 2007

    Actually, he isn't a student there. Go figure. I am just glad he was caught. I hope they throw the book at him.

  • -info- Jun 1, 2007

    He and his parents should be made to pay for damages and clean up the mess..does this mean he isnt going to graduate???? Can we say alternative schooling???