Three juveniles were charged Tuesday following an investigation into two incidents of arson and vulgar vandalism that occurred at Catawba Ridge High School on Nov. 22 and Nov. 28, police said.
A 15-year-old Fort Mill boy and a 16-year-old Charlotte youth were each charged with two counts each of arson in the third degree and malicious injury to property, and one count of trespassing.
A 17-year-old Charlotte boy was charged in the Nov. 28 incident with arson in the third degree, malicious injury to property and trespassing, due to the fact that he was only involved in the November 28th incident.
All three subjects were issued Juvenile Petition documents on the charges and released to their parents pending prosecution by the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Maj. Bryan Zachary said in a press release. Their names cannot be released because they are juveniles.
On Nov. 28, the suspects spray-painted school property with vulgar messages, set fire to soccer equipment and burned part of a practice field. On Nov. 22, vandals hit the school when someone spray-painted a penis on the roadway behind the stadium as well as vulgar sexual language on the maintenance storage room and more on a light pole.
School spokesman Joe Burke said he believed a $500 reward offered was going to be awarded to someone who provided information. The funds came from Catawba Ridge activity funds.