myfoxaustin.com (AUSTIN,TX)- A prank, a practical joke, or vandalism? Whatever you call it the faculty at Bowie High school is not laughing. Someone at the school super-glued the locks to more than 40 classrooms.
School officials are calling this vandalism and are offering a hefty reward of $1,000.
"They took it beyond tasteful," said senior Andrew Peron. "It really wasn't so much a prank, as it was an inconvenience for a lot of us."
Tuesday afternoon, the halls of Bowie High School turned into a mystery game of who done it.
"It appears it happened in the middle of the night. So obviously there was no one on campus," said Principal Steve Kane.
Principal Kane said Tuesday morning custodians noticed vandals pulled-off one the biggest pranks in the school's history. He said someone glued penny sand nickels on the key holes of more than 40 classrooms. Teachers had no way of getting in to their rooms. Many of them had to scramble to find a place to hold class while AISD technicians began prying open locks.
"Once I saw the extent of the damage, I thought it was important to tell everyone this is something serious," said Kane.
Administrators also found out that the vandals broke in to a shed in the back of the school. Kane said they took bags of mulch and dumbed it in front of several other class doors.
Peron said he's not sure who did it, but says if he knew, he'd be the first to come forward that's because the school is now banking on a $1,000 reward to get students to point the finger at the culprits.
"I'm all for the senior prank," said Person. "It's a right of passage kind of thing, but it's got to be more harmless and funny than it needs to be property damage and an inconvenience."
But perhaps the best way to solve the mystery, Kane said, have faith that the the hallway camera's were rolling.
"We're relying on our video tapes and the investigation to come up with what has happened," said Kane.
Kane said, surely, the vandals will be caught and will be remembered for the prank that just went too far.
If the vandals are caught, they could face some serious charges since the damage estimates have reached more than $1,500. They could face state-jail felony charges.
Anonymous tips for that $1,000 reward can be called in to 499-TIPS (8477).
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