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Deputies probe vandalism, possible arson at 2 Cumberland schools

Posted June 2, 2008 8:12 p.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2008 8:59 p.m. EDT

— Two senior pranks ended with damaged door locks at one high school and a possible arson at a second high school, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives arrested an adult and three seniors at Terry Sanford High School on Monday for allegedly pouring Gorilla Glue into at least 60 padlocks and door locks of entrances at the school.

The act of vandalism, which happened early last Thursday, caused significant damage to the doors, said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. The glue jammed the doors shut and made it impossible to insert keys.

Facing charges in the vandalism are: Heather Woodcock, 28, of 2206 Lakewood Court; her brother, Michael Woodcock, 18, of 2206 Lakewood Court; Christopher Godfrey, 17, of 1427 Habersham Drive; and Amanda Stancil, 17, of 3260 Turtle Point Drive.

Heather Woodcock faces misdemeanor charges of conspiracy and aiding and abetting. She was released under a $1,000 bond.

Michael Woodcock and Godfrey were each charged with first-degree trespassing, injury to real property and misdemeanor conspiracy. They were released under modified $1,000 bonds to the custody of their parents.

Stancil was released on a $500 modified bond to the custody of her parents.

All four suspects were scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Deputies believe that a second senior prank gone too far resulted in a fire that destroyed one mobile classroom building and damaging another at Pine Forest High School early Sunday, Tanna said.

Flames from one mobile classroom were leaping 30 feet high in the air when firefighters arrived, and they soon set the second building on fire.

Investigators said they think someone intentionally set the fire near the front door of the first mobile classroom.

Tanna said they do not have any new leads in the case, but were investigating it as arson.