Two teens: a 16 year-old male and a 17 year-old female, are charged with Mischief Under $5,000, after a graffiti incident yesterday, May 9, 2011, at a Regina high school.
On Monday, May 9, 2011, Regina Police Service School Resource Officers learned that there may be activity at Thom Collegiate that day to acknowledge the recent death of a student. There were a number of School Resource Officers sent to the school, as well as another nearby high school and mall to interact with students and deter any unlawful activity. At about 12:25 p.m. one officer, at Thom Collegiate, was made aware that there were students gathered at the east side of the school, some of whom were applying paint and creating graffiti. The students dispersed, but two of the suspects were apprehended by officers and subsequently charged. Other suspects have been identified and the investigation is continuing with more charges anticipated.
The teens cannot be named in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Each faces a charge of Mischief Under $5,000. They will make their first court appearances on the charges in Youth Court at 9:30 a.m. on June 6, 2011.
The Regina Police Service reminds the public that there are many healthy and constructive ways to grieve the loss of a loved one. Criminal behaviour doesn’t have to be part of that expression of grief and loss. Graffiti is a crime and will be dealt with accordingly.