Locks at Suffolk school glued shut

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 8:11 PM

SUFFOLK-Police are looking for the person or people who glued shut more than two dozen locks at a Suffolk school.

The plant engineer at King's Fork High School found coins glued to the key lock cylinder portion of 27 exterior doors around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

That prevented keys from being able to open the locks, explained City spokeswoman Diana Klink.

Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said the employees found one door lock not completely blocked and was able to enter the building.

She stressed the doors could be opened from the inside.

Bradshaw said the incident is categorized as vandalism of public property.  "The school division will press charges, and seek restitution to cover the cost of replacing the lock cylinders," Bradshaw said. 

Keyshawn Merchant, who graduated Saturday from King's Fork, says it was just a prank.

"Minds came together and decided that would be a good prank," he said.

He said he wasn't involved and wouldn't say how was involved.

"I'm protecting classified information when it comes to the identities of my classmates, so I guess I'm just practicing," he said, saying he's joining the Air Force later this month and wants to become an intelligence officer.

Bradshaw says there is a locksmith on staff who is replacing all the lock cylinders.

Administrators are reviewing security camera video in an attempt to identify those responsible.

If you know anything about this vandalism, call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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