La Quinta High School students arrested in connection with senior prank

Authorities say vandalism caused thousands of dollars in damage

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Four La Quinta high school students are facing felony vandalism charges accused of causing thousands of dollars in damage at their school.

Police said the vandalism occurred on Monday.

Sgt. Alan Northrup with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said, ``Several students placed glue in nearly all of the door locks at the school as part of an apparent `senior class prank. The outcome of this vandalism has caused thousands of dollars in damage to the school's property.''

During the investigation, detectives identified four suspects involved in the vandalism, three of which were 18. Joseph Barnum, Steven Jimenez and Jose Requeno have all been charged with conspiracy and felony vandalism.

A 17-year-old boy is also being charged with conspiracy and felony vandalism. He's not in police custody.

"The La Quinta Police Department has zero tolerance for `pranks' that
cause injury to people or damage someone's property. These actions are crimes that will be fully investigated by police,'' Northrup said.

Barnum was also arrested for possession of cocaine. He posted a $10,000 bond on Friday and has a court date in August.

Jimenez and Requeño are both in jail on $10,000 bail. Jimenez is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and Requeño was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 spoke to officials with the Desert Unified School District Friday morning, they said the 18-year-old students weren't able to walk in their graduation ceremony Thursday night.

Assistant Superintendent Sherry Johnstone said, "Walking in graduation is a privilege to be earned."

Students at Santa Barbara High School are making headlines for a senior prank that took place this week as well. But their prank is being hailed as humorous and clever instead of destructive.

Students hired a mariachi band to follow their principal around the school. The story went national after video of the prank went viral. 

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