ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage School District says it has placed five West High School students on emergency suspensions and recommended them for expulsion after they allegedly entered classrooms, then knocked over furniture and discharged a fire extinguisher early Thursday morning.
According to ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley, the four 11th graders and one 10th grader climbed onto West High’s roof and entered the building through a window. In addition to discharging the extinguisher, the students overturned various desks and a cabinet, threw papers across classrooms and entered the building’s underground tunnels.
Students were upset about the vandalism, and helped West High’s two school resource officers from the Anchorage Police Department in their investigation of the case.
”Having the students and staff coming together so quickly to solve this situation is an outstanding example how students and staff at West High School will not tolerate any disrespect to our school,” said West High Principal Rick Stone. “Students and staff have a high level of respect for this school and the outstanding education that happens every day at West. These types of situations are rare.”