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ONLY ON 3: Hoggard vandalized, principal targeted in apparent senior prank

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's the last week of school at Hoggard High, and seniors should be preparing for the next step and getting excited about graduation. Instead a few of them may not be walking at graduation at all after what looks to be a senior prank gone bad.

The students at Hoggard are usually greeted by words of welcome, but today the message was less friendly.

"It is unfortunate, and we take any kind of vandalism or criminal act very seriously, but I want to say that this is not representative of our student population," principal Pam Baldwin said.

Sometime between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone vandalized Hoggard High School. Much of it was graffiti directed at Baldwin.

Although they don't know for sure, students and their principal think they have an idea who is responsible.

"I thought it was childish, but I think it's a senior prank," Hoggard senior Rochelle Fillyaw said.

The students who did this probably were not thinking about the consequences.

"The detectives have their different techniques and mannerisms in which they go about finding information and finding leads. They will continue on with that until they do find a culprit, at which time if they have enough evidence they will prosecute," New Hanover Co. Sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Jerry Brewer said.

But it's not just the legal system the offenders must worry about.

"Of course, vandalism and a criminal act is something that is suspendable," Baldwin said, "and could also have consequences such as not walking at graduation on Saturday."

Whoever did it, classmates are not impressed.

"I'd have a word with them," Hoggard senior Adonte Gladness said. "I'd say, 'Y'all should have put your names so we can know who did it so we could see who's dumb enough to write all that.'"

Fellow senior Andrea King said, "The whole thing is disrespectful, especially since it's a new principal. This is not a good welcoming for her at all."

Many Hoggard students we talked with today said that although the prank may have gone overboard, the consequences of not walking at graduation are a little too strong.

Deputies have not identified any suspects, but the investigation continues.

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I dont think what theyy did

I dont think what theyy did was right.... but baldwin is out of control and power crazy. she is hated by 80% of students and most students feel that she is trying to fit in/"fix things" too quickly. at prom everyone boo'd her off stage, the look on her face was priceless!!!

Flag

My daughter is going to be a junior at Hoggard next year. She told me they also hung and used an American flag in their little "prank". Maybe they failed to learn in US history exactly what that flag stands for. Also, I would like to say I applaud the princiipal for being tough on my kid at least. I can't go to scj=hool with her and make sure she is in class so I appreciate the teachers and admin who are there to make sure she stays on track. I like to think of myself as her friend but I am her parent first and foremost.

the students also wrote

the students also wrote "drama is for fags" outside the scools drama room, something I felt should not be forgotten.

No, they shouldnt be allowed to walk for their graduation

Not only did they use paint but I understood they wrote racial derogatory remarks against the principal who just happen to be black..they should be made to stand outside of Hoggard on shipyard boulevard by the traffic light for the whole summer with poster boards naming their crime..

AMMMMEN! Senior pranks are

AMMMMEN! Senior pranks are a part of tradition; however, none should be permanent (paint vs chalk), and none should be disrespectful. There should be consequences they never forget, just solely on the disrespect.

Badly Treated

So, some students decide to have some "fun" to celebrate the end of school. Punishment fits the crime and that's exactly what it is, a crime. The students should have been expelled and taught a serious life lesson. It is not a time for babying these young people. What would happen in the real world? Well, since they are heading out in to the real world, get some real world punishment.
Learn life's lessons early and make a success of yourself.

Welcome to the real world

From the story: "Many Hoggard students we talked with today said that although the prank may have gone overboard, the consequences of not walking at graduation are a little too strong."

Ok, if the vandals are identified, they can walk during graduation but as soon as they cross the stage they are arrested and criminally charged. How would that work for you?

Hopefully these jokers are

Hopefully these jokers are 18 or close enough that when caught and charged, this will go on their permanent record so colleges and future employers can see what they are getting. Somebody had to pay to get the damages cleaned up so the ones caught should have hard punishment put against them.

They should not be allowed

They should not be allowed to walk at graduation and a bill handed to them for any work involved.

Well...

Make them pay for the clean-up, and do the clean-up....if it were me and it went past that and I wasn't allowed to walk...I could be back to make sure the punishment was equal to what I did...if I'm going to pay for it...it's going to be epic!

DISCIPLINE

THE CHILDREN OF OUR WORLD NEED REAL DISCIPLINE.NOT FLUFF. THEY NEW THE RESULTS OF THER ACTIONS NO WALK FOR GRADUATION AND SHOULD BE MADE TO ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THER SUSPENSION.PARENTS NEED TO GET BACK TO BEING PARENTS AND NOT BEST FRIENDS WITH THERE CHILDREN.WE SHOULD APPLAUD ANY EDUCATOR THAT STICKS TO THERE GUNS AS WELL AS DR.BALDWIN.LETS GET THE 10% OUT THAT KEEP THE 90% FROM LEARNING.WITH RESOURCE CUTBACKS TAECHERS WONT HAVE TIME TO DEAL WITH CRIMNAL BEHAVIOR IN THE CLASS OR DISRESPECTFUL CHILDREN.

Graffiti

The news article doesn't say what they used to write the graffiti. If it was paint.. then yes they should not be able to walk. now if it was chalk they should be outside with buckets and soap also they should be made to clean other areas of the school too. You know kids talk and it won't take too long to find out who they were...

it was spray paint.

it was spray paint.

Yes it was spray paint they

Yes it was spray paint they used. I happened to have to come to Hoggard about 11:00 yesterday and when I walked up to the school and saw what was written I was shocked. It was vulger and disrepectful and I was angered at what I saw. The fools signed their work "class of 2011" I know it wasn't the entire class, and for those that did it should have signed it class of 2012, because hopefully they get caught and not allowed to graduate. I am so tired of driving around this city and seeing grafitti all over the place. It is not art, it is not freedom of speech, it is a criminal act.

Nothing will happen to these

Nothing will happen to these punks, their parents are probably behind them 100%, "he/she is a good child and was just having a little fun", that's the way these kinds of things turn out....just like the kids that planted the bomb on their neighbor's porch late last year....did you ever hear anything else about that...no, it was swept under the rug just like this incident will be, parents should not uphold their children when they are wrong, that gives them the signal that it's OK to do what I'm doing or what I have done even though I know it's wrong, mommie and daddy is behind me!!!

BS- I don't know any decent

BS- I don't know any decent parents that would stand behind what truly was a criminal act. I'm sure there was a pack of them, so good luck finding out the names of the perpetrators.