5 charged in vandalism at Roanoke Rapids High, including son of school district official

ROANOKE RAPIDS, NC (WITN) - The Roanoke Rapids Police Department has formally charged five individuals in regards to the vandalism this week at Roanoke Rapids High School, including the son of the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Trustees Chairman.

James Carlisle III 18, from the Roanoke Rapids area is charged with felony injury to a building, misdemeanor conspiracy, two counts misdemeanor breaking and entering, and misdemeanor shoplifting and concealment of goods.

He is the son of Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Trustees Chairman Jay Carlisle.

Matthew Vandam 18, from the Roanoke Rapids area is charged with felony injury to a building, three counts of misdemeanor conspiracy, and aid and abet shoplifting and concealment of goods.

Evan Garner 18, from the Roanoke Rapids area has been charged with felony injury to a building (f), misdemeanor conspiracy, and misdemeanor breaking and entering. garner was placed under a $5,000 bond and given a court date of june 5, 2019.

Garrett Tant 18, from the Roanoke Rapids area is charged with felony injury to a building, misdemeanor conspiracy, two counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering, and misdemeanor shoplifting and concealment of goods.

Ryan M. Turner 20, from the Roanoke Rapids area is charged with three counts misdemeanor conspiracy. The three counts are in regards to misdemeanor breaking and entering and two counts of damage to a building.

A school system spokesman says door locks were super glued, vegetable oil was spread on the historic high school's hardwood floors, interior doors were spray painted, as well as toilet paper spread across the courtyard.

The high school is one of the oldest schools in the state, being built in 1921.

All suspects were given a 5,000 bond and are due in court June 5.

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School officials say a senior prank that went too far ended up shutting down an Eastern Carolina high school.

Roanoke Rapids police are investigating the vandalism found this morning at Roanoke Rapids High School.

A school system spokesman says door locks were super glued, vegetable oil was spread on the historic high school's hardwood floors, interior doors were spray painted, as well as toilet paper spread across the courtyard.

The high school is one of the oldest schools in the state, being built in 1921.

The school was closed Tuesday as employees worked to clean up the vandalism.

Police Chief Bobby Martin estimates some $7,300 in damage was done by the prank. The chief said while he can understand pranks are a part of growing up, he feels "good common sense was thrown out the window" in this case.

Police are still reviewing security cameras, and a school spokesman says those students involved will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities.