By Ashley Rader
Seven Elizabethton High School students have been charged in the Feb. 3 vandalism of 14 of the school system’s buses.
All seven juveniles have been charged with vandalism over $1,000 and criminal conspiracy. A juvenile court date has been scheduled for April.
Capt. Joy Markland, chief of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Elizabethton Police Department, released information on the investigation Wednesday afternoon.
According to the EPD, the seven juvenile boys traveled together to Johnson City where they purchased the sugar. The release said they then returned to Elizabethton, where they poured the sugar into the diesel tanks of the buses where they sat in the parking lot at EHS. Also, tires of seven of the buses were flattened.
The vandalism occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 3. Bus drivers were alerted to the vandalism when the buses started to malfunction on the routes.
Damage to the buses has been estimated at more than $4,000, but the exact amount of restitution that will be sought has yet to be determined.
ECS Superintendent Ed Alexander said the school system was working to conclude its own investigation which had been done in coordination with the EPD investigation.
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