January 26, 2007

High Schoolers Charged With Bus Vandalism: 3 Teens Could Face Fines, Time in Jail

By Korie Wilkins, Detroit Free Press

Jan. 26--The inability to keep quiet was apparently the downfall of three Farmington High School students facing felony charges Thursday, after they were accused of deflating tires on district buses, forcing the cancellation of classes Jan. 5, police officials say.

The students, all 16 and from Farmington and Farmington Hills, were charged with tampering with school buses and bus vandalism -- both 5-year felonies -- said Farmington Public Safety Director Chuck Nebus.

Authorities said they hope the arrests send a message that school bus vandalism and disruption of classes are serious crimes with serious consequences. Along with facing jail time, the students may be forced to pay restitution, officials said.

The boys were arrested at about noon at Farmington High School. They were charged as juveniles and their names are not being released. Nebus said a fourth suspect, 17, could also face charges. Nebus said he didn't believe the boys were responsible for the other incidents of bus vandalism over the past five weeks, but were likely copycats. The Farmington schools were the third of the six districts hit by vandals.

Officials with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office did not return calls seeking comment.

Over the past five weeks, there have been six cases of bus vandalism in Oakland and Wayne counties. The most recent incident was Tuesday in the Flat Rock district. Other districts that have been hit include Waterford, West Bloomfield, Clarkston and Riverview. Riverview did not cancel classes. Neither did Clarkston.

Contact KORIE WILKINS at 248-351-5186 or [email protected]


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