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Mountain View High students face vandalism charges
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Eight Mountain View High School students have been charged after vandalism incidents at North Stafford High School the night before last Friday’s game between the two Stafford County schools.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said all eight are charged with misdemeanor vandalism for two separate incidents that took place late Thursday or early Friday.
Six of the students are accusing of spray-painting the large boulders in front of the school off Garrisonville Road with Mountain View colors.
The other incident occurred at the football field in the back of the school, Kennedy said. Two students are accused of spray-painting phallic symbols and Mountain View High-related things such as “MVHS” and “the View” on the field and in the press box.
Kennedy did not say what led to the students being identified, but another source said surveillance cameras at North Stafford assisted in the investigation.
Two 18-year-olds, Clayton Anderson and Jessica Johnson, were charged, along with six 17-year-olds—four girls and two boys. The younger students were not named because they are juveniles.
North Stafford hosted and won the football game, 21–13.
Kennedy said extra deputies were assigned to North Stafford High because of rumors of retaliation for the vandalism on social media websites, but the game itself was incident-free.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404