ACT Policing were required to respond to numerous incidents of theft, traffic hazards and disorderly behaviour by Year 12 students from a prominent north Canberra school.
Up to 100 students are believed to have participated in the end-of-year ‘scavenger hunt’ with a list of more than 60 tasks to complete, which include stealing street signs, running naked through Civic, confining a Year 11 student and catching a wild animal.
Over a number of hours last night (Monday, November 21), police received reports of naked youths in public areas of north Canberra, and the removal of road work warning signs, which created a significant hazard for motorists.
One youth was spoken to by police and will be summonsed to attend court at a later date charged with causing public mischief. Police will continue investigating the incidents and envisage further charges will be laid against others involved.
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Last week police responded to an incident at an inner north private school where a possum was strung up a flagpole. Police were unable to establish whether the possum had been killed prior to the incident or as a result of the incident. Plants, toilet paper, wheelie bins and other items were overturned and strewn around the area in incidents which police believe were the result of Year 12’s “muck-up day”.
North District Superintendent Mick Calatzis said that when behaviour such as this gets out of hand and results in criminal offences such as property damage, public mischief or the risk of injury, then police will step in promptly.