ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested five teenagers for burglary after they “tagged” more than 200 exterior windows, doors, benches, columns and vending machines at a high school in St. Petersburg as part of a senior prank.
The incident happened about 3:20 a.m. June 3 at Dixie Hollins High School, 4940 62nd St. N., St. Petersburg. All the students are from St. Petersburg.
According to a sheriff’s report, deputies responded to Dixie Hollins High School after a citizen observed a group of juveniles jumping a fence to gain access to the school. Deputies established a perimeter around the school assisted by the Sheriff’s Flight and K-9 units.
Deputies first located Jaime Shaughessy, 17, and Shalleya Codrington, 18, in a breezeway of the school. Deputies said the two were in the process of vandalizing several doors and windows with multi-color markers.
Three others, Tyler J. Greenberg, 18; Stephanie Sousek, 18; and Andre Szymanski, 17; were arrested at a private residence at on 31st Terrace North in St. Petersburg, when deputies responded to that location to contact Codrington’s parents.
Deputies said the teens used markings such as 2014 and Seniors Rules, as well as vulgar markings on the school property. They also caused damage to the building where markings could not be removed.
Deputies interviewed the teens, some scheduled to graduate June 3, who reportedly said they wanted to “go out with a bang.”
All five were arrested for burglary. Codrington, Greenberg and Sousek were transported to the Pinellas County Jail. Shaughessy and Szymanski were transported to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.