CALEDONIA, Ohio (WTVN) -- Five students have been questioned about a senior prank that saw about two-dozen trees cut down at River Valley High School in Marion County.
The Marion County Sheriff's office says a road patrol deputy discovered the downed trees. The trees were anywhere from one year to over 10 years old.
"I think there were a total of 25 trees that were cut down," said Principal David Coleman.
It was a senior prank, but Coleman calls it vandalism. Some of the suspects are 18 years old but at least one is 17 years old.
Luckily, none of the trees included those planted in memory of someone that had been planted at the school.
Coleman wouldn't talk about what punishment the students might face, but indicated that he wouldn't change the punishment simply because it's at the end of the school year.
"If this negatively affects their graduation, I didn't choose to do it in May," he said.
Coleman says senior classes often seek to "leave a mark" before they leave and he said this one had in a good way prior to this. He cited accomplishments in both athletics and academics.
"My fear is that this act will deter from all of the positives that they have accomplished."
The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review of possible charges against all five of the students.
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