Vandals may not walk at high school graduation

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. -- High school pranks have a group of East Montgomery High School students in hot water. The school says multiple students toilet papered and spray painted school property, and the participants set to graduate Saturday will be punished.

Montgomery County Schools would not confirm the punishment, but a group of the accused vandals, including Tomas Munoz, said they were told they would not walk across the stage in caps and gowns Saturday morning.

"I think we should get to walk the stage. I don't think it should effect us. We got here late," Munoz said. He, his cousin Pedro Munoz, and their friend Marco Leyva said they arrived after the prank was pulled off.

"We came. We saw what they were doing. We left, and that was the end of that," said Pedro Munoz.

An incident report filed with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department reported that damages were limited to toilet tissue and the spray painting of one school bus hood. Damages were estimated at $333.00.

According to the three boys, as many as ten other seniors and juniors, were involved and said they were unsure of what the ratio of seniors to juniors was.

The Munoz cousins and Leyva hope to persuade the superintendent to allow them to walk.

"I waited 13 years to walk that stage," said Levya, "I think I deserve the chance to walk the stage."

East Montgomery's graduation ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, at the School's football stadium.

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