December 14, 2012

Police to charge 2 for Greely Middle School graffiti

Cumberland police said they plan to file aggravated criminal mischief charges against the middle schoolers.

By Matt Byrne mbyrne@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

CUMBERLAND -- Police have identified the adolescent culprits who scrawled profanity, phallic imagery, and swastikas on the back of the Greely Middle School and neighboring buildings.

The names and ages of the two alleged graffiti writers were not released.

Cumberland police officer Kirk Mazuzan said he plans to charge the pair with  aggravated criminal mischief because the damage to the school and nearby condominium buildings surpassed $2,000.

Mazuzan said the school is also taking disciplinary action against the students.

In a statement, Greely Middle School Principal Kimberly Brandt lauded the police and reaffirmed the school's commitment to inclusion and fostering a safe environment.

"Good people sometimes make bad choices," Brandt told students in a schoolwide address, according to a copy of her remarks emailed to parents.

The vandalism, which police believe was written between Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, was quickly removed.

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