Teens Arrested for Vandalizing Lake Weir Middle School
MARION COUNTY- Two teenagers are accused of breaking into a North Central Florida public school and vandalizing it. Deputies said they went as far as abusing animals that were being used for an agriculture project. We are not releasing the suspects' names because they are minors. They are 16 and 17 year old boys who now attend alternative schools in Marion County. The reason they knew exactly where everything was located is because they are both former students at Lake Weir Middle School.
"I can't believe teens are doing stuff like that these days"
Parent Steve Rortevedt is shocked that two teenagers are accused of wrecking this school.
"How they were able to get into the school that easy is what I want to know," said Rortevedt.
The vandals broke out a window and snuck into Lake Weir Middle School on Sunday. Wrecking the building where the majority of classes are held.
"They set of six fire extinguishers, along with sodas," said Capt. James Pogue with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Capt. Pogue said the teens busted in to this physical education shed and stole bows and arrows. The former students then made their way to the back of the school to a sheep pen.
"They actually used these bows and arrows to shoot at the sheep, injuring one of the sheep," said Capt. Pogue.
According to Capt. Pogue, they shot the sheep in the head with a bow and arrow. Then they continued to attack the sheep with a pitchfork. Capt.Pogue said the teens stabbed one of the sheep in the neck and then threw a cinder block onto the back of the sheep.
"They need to be charged with animal cruelty no matter what their age is," said Christy Covert who is a parent.
A local veterinarian is treating the sheep, which were being used for an agriculture project. Due to the damage, students had to start classes a few hours late on Monday. Lake Weir Middle School Principal Stephanie Callaway said she's relieved to know the vandals were not current Lake Weir students and that they are now being held responsible for the crimes.
"It was a very unfortunate event. That our students and teachers do not deserve to experience and it is certainly not reflective of our community and our school," said Principal Stephanie Callaway.
Both teenagers are charged with commercial burglary, grand theft, animal cruelty, possession of a weapon on school grounds and criminal mischief.
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