'Concerning and upsetting' senior prank at Massena High under investigation
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:42 pm

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- Although officials aren’t releasing any details on a senior prank at Massena High School that is under police investigation, the superintendent says there are issues stemming from it that “are very concerning and upsetting.”

Massena police are investigating the June 6 incident where a number of Massena Central students broke into the high school and engaged in acts of vandalism, according to Superintendent Patrick Brady.

“On June 6, there was a group of high school students that broke into the high school building. There was some vandalism is some areas as part of a senior prank,” Brady said.

Brady declined to comment on concerns circulating in the community and on social media that animals may have been abused as part of the incident.

“The incident is still under investigation, so I don’t want to get into any of the details of what occurred,” Brady said. “I understand people in the community are upset about this incident. I am upset about this incident. It was a breaking and entering into the school and there are some issues with this so-called prank that are very concerning and upsetting. That’s why we’ve turned it over to police. Any students we’ve identified as being in the school are facing disciplinary measures at the school.

“I don’t want to get into details that might hinder the investigation.”

Massena Police Chief Adam Love said it’s too early in the investigation to comment on the ongoing probe.

“It’s still early in the investigation,” Love said. “As I know more, the public will be aware.”

The chief said officers will review surveillance camera footage from the school that may have caught the students in the act.

“Any evidence we have, we have turned over to the police,” Brady said.

Brady said the law restricts him from discussing any disciplinary measures that may be taken against the students.

“I can’t get into any specific disciplinary measures … that would be a violation of confidentiality,” Brady said. “We take this issue seriously.

“I suspect as the investigation goes forward and there are charges presented, there will be information forthcoming.”