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Charges filed against students

Criminal charges have been filed against six Letcher County Central High School students who were involved in three separate pranks that took place on the last day of the school year.

“These students wanted to do something to be remembered by. Things that seem like child play and mischief making can be criminal events and can affect you for the rest of your life,” said Bert Slone, school resource officer for the Letcher County School System.

Slone, who is also a Letcher County Sheriff’s deputy, said two food fights took place at the high school on May 14 that damaged about a dozen ceiling tiles.

“They are all good kids but they let their mischief get out of hand and didn’t realize the consequence,” said Slone.

Slone charged two juveniles with inciting a riot. Slone said the two male students allegedly started a food fight in the LCCHS cafeteria, which got out of control.

Slone said later during the senior lunch period three 18-year-old male students threw food and were each charged with third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. One of the males was charged with assault for allegedly hitting a lunchroom monitor in the head with pizza, causing physical injury.

Slone said a juvenile let off two stink bombs and was charged with possession of a noxious substance.

“These kids need to understand that if you play around, you pay,” said Slone.

Stephen Boggs, principal of LCCHS, said the pranks did not interrupt instructional time.

“Thanks to closely supervising staff members, students who attempted ‘last day’ pranks, were swiftly identified and issued the appropriate disciplinary consequences,” said Boggs.

Boggs said he regrets that some students decided to celebrate their last day of high school with disruptive pranks.

“One of our school’s foremost guiding beliefs is that all students should be educated in a safe learning environment where positive adult and peer relationships foster development,” said Boggs. “To this end, our school community continually endeavors to provide the structure, discipline, and care necessary for every student’s success.”

The three 18-year-old males were given criminal summons to appear in Letcher County District Court at 9 a.m. on May 23.

Slone said the investigation is ongoing.

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