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Three Pinecrest High students charged with vandalism

Posted April 21, 2010 10:52 a.m. EDT

— Three Pinecrest High School students were charged with vandalism after three letters were removed from the sign on the main administrative building that spells out the school's name.

Seniors Michael Patrick Guarente, 18, McKenzie Scott Hamilton, 17, and Connor Ralph Neville, 17, were arrested Monday after an investigation by Moore County school resource officers, said school system spokesman Tim Lussier.

The letters "P," "E" and "R" were removed in the early morning on April 10 or 11, Lussier said. The remaining large, green letters spelled out "Incest High School."

Investigators believe the students used a ladder to climb onto the school roof and then removed the letters.

Lussier said that the students confessed to the vandalism. They will be subject to disciplinary action, but the exact measures will not be made public, he said.

Assistant Principal Herb Hanson said that Pinecrest High has a tradition of and established guidelines for senior pranks, but this one went too far. In a prank earlier this year, a sign was placed in front of the school, saying that it, the students and faculty were up for sale.

The missing letters will cost $100 each to replace, Hanson said.

Approximately 2,200 students attend Pinecrest High, which is on Voit Gilmore Lane in Southern Pines.