Smiths Station High School investigating senior prank gone wrong

(Source: Facebook)
(Source: Facebook)

SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - Smiths Station High School is investigating a senior prank happening on school grounds.

Images surfacing on social media show explicit language written on school buildings and buses.

Principal Joaquin Richards says the administration has a list of names of suspected people involved and they are calling them into the office for questioning.

Richards also said a custodian was hurt in an on-the-job accident and was transported to the hospital. Richards says the custodian was cleaning things up and she slipped and fell.

Sheriff Jay Jones says the damage is "superficial" meaning there is a lot of things that can be cleaned up, a vending machine was flipped over, but other than that most costly would probably be the spray paint on buses, buildings.

Sheriff also said there was a live chicken inside the school today when staff arrived.

Smiths Station Mayor Bubba Copeland is asking the community to consider the students' and teacher's feelings in the following statement:

The Smiths Station High School incident: 
One of the misfortunes of our time is lumping everyone into one category. What happened last evening at Smiths Station High is inexcusable! However, let's not be so quick to lump all Smiths Station Seniors in the same category. Fortunately, as the mayor, I have had opportunities to work with this amazing Senior class and what happened last night is not an overall picture of the class of 2018. In this class, we have bright young people; future leaders, teachers, doctors, soldiers and productive members of society. Unfortunately, in the court of social media everyone is guilty until proven innocent. So, I ask you in Facebook land please consider the "Good" students feelings, the administrator's feelings, the teacher's feelings, it's been a long day for those guys. Let's all put the blame where blame is do and highlight the good things! Unfortunately, Bad news sells! But in my opinion, a rising tide floats all ships and the class of 2018 is a rising tide!

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