Reynoldsburg: Student pranks, fights mark end of school year
School resource officers had their hands full as the last days of classes approached, with pranks and a number of fights breaking out, some resulting in criminal charges.
A school resource officer reported a student removed a fire extinguisher from a hallway May 24 at BELL Academy, 6699 E. Livingston Ave., and allegedly broke metal toilet paper dispensers and discharged the extinguisher all over the boys restroom.
The officer said surveillance camera footage showed an 18-year-old student removing the fire extinguisher and entering the restroom, then other students "exiting the restroom laughing."
The student told the officer it was his last day of school and he didn't think he would get in trouble.
He was issued a summons and court date through Reynoldsburg Mayor's Court for criminal mischief.
The officer said the estimated cost to replace the fire extinguisher is $120.
Also at BELL Academy at 12:56 p.m. May 24, two 15-year-old girls were charged with disorderly conduct through Franklin County Juvenile Court for fighting in an upstairs hallway.
The officer said one girl complained the other was "picking on her" and that they were at first "play-fighting" but then "started brawling."
The officer said surveillance footage showed both girls trading punches. He said neither girl appeared to have any visible injuries.
In another incident, a school resource officer reported seeing a male student swing his arm back and strike a female student on the left side of her face at 11:26 a.m. May 29 at e-STEM Academy, 8579 Summit Road. The officer said he escorted the boy out of the lunchroom and the boy told him "he was tired of people talking crap about him and he lost his temper," according to the report.
The officer talked to the girl, who said the boy "hated her for no reason." The girl's mother did not want to press assault charges but the boy was charged with disorderly conduct through Franklin County Juvenile Court.
Two 16-year-old girls fought and pulled each other's hair in a classroom May 30 at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave. The school resource officer said the classroom teacher said the girls began throwing punches at each other, then pulling hair. She said she was unable to break up the fight.
Another teacher came in to separate the girls as the fight spilled out into the hallway, the officer stated in the report.
Both girls were charged with disorderly conduct through Franklin County Juvenile Court.
In other police reports:
* A woman complained to police May 25 at the Reynoldsburg Police Station, 7240 E. Main St., that her 16-year-old son had been "tattooed without her permission."
The woman said her son told her he got the tattoo from a boy who had a tattoo kit, but that the boy "had used a new needle" for each tattoo. An officer told the woman to find out the name of the boy who had the tattoo kit. He said the incident is still under investigation and that the woman said she wants to pursue criminal charges.
* Police are investigating an attempted burglary that occurred between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 23 at a residence in the 500 block of Postwoods Avenue. The resident said two teenagers attempted to break into her home.
She said her son heard noises and looked out the back door and saw two teenage boys wearing all black clothing and who were carrying bags. The woman said she checked the back door and noticed the weather stripping was torn near the door knob and there were scratches on the door.