Friday, May 27, 2005

The Daily Prank Report: Yuma's Smelly Truth

Today's Prank Report takes us to the sunny desert community of Yuma, Arizona. It seems as though some vandals pranksters have found a uniquely aromatic way of making their presence known:

A pound of chicken liver could land some pranksters in a heap of trouble.

Over the weekend, Kofa High School was vandalized when someone dumped chicken liver juice into the air handlers from the roof, causing an estimated $30,000 worth of damage.

Sgt. Mike Kohmetscher of the Yuma Police Department said employees arriving at the school Monday morning noticed a "nasty" odor in some of the classrooms and called in air-conditioning technicians.

"(They) found out that somebody had climbed on the roof, taken chicken liver and poured the liquid juice in the air handlers," Kohmetscher said. "We think it's probably kids from the school, an end-of-the-year prank."

Six classrooms in the 100 and 200 wings were affected, and Assistant Principal James Sheldahl said they will be unusable for the rest of the school year. He said the damage extended to the carpeting, drywall and the air-conditioning air handlers, which is why the estimated damages amount to $30,000.

The prank could result in several felony charges, including aggravated criminal damage, trespassing, burglary and interfering with an educational facility.

"When we find the people, we're going to take every measure to the extent of both the school policy and the law," Sheldahl said. "It's not just a prank, it interrupts the learning of over 2,000 students."

Kohmetscher said it's not uncommon for students to pull pranks at the end of the school year.

"They probably didn't intend damage, just to disrupt school (and) get notoriety," he said. "You don't get notoriety unless you tell someone."

Kohmetscher said the investigation is ongoing.

Perhaps as punishment for their stunt, the pranksters could be made to eat a few pounds of chicken liver. It would be good for 'em.

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