TikTok challenge damages Prairie View High School

Homecoming dance in jeopardy

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The latest TikTok challenge that involves theft and property destruction made its way to Prairie View High School.

            In a two-week period that ended Sept. 16, the school reported more than $5,000 worth of damage and stolen items on campus.

            Principal Mike Burke called that “unacceptable.”

            “We have been able to identify some students that have perpetrated these crimes on our campus,” he said in a Facebook post. “However, we still have a large number of unsolved situations that have left us still investigating and trying to find the guilty parties. Let it be known that any and all students who are caught committing these ridiculous and harmful acts on campus will pay restitution, be suspended and be charged with criminal damage to school property and theft.”

            Burke made the decision to close all but two of the restrooms on campus. Those are in the A-wing and in G-wing. School staff is trying to find soap dispensers, electrical outlets, sinks, toilets and other items to make a functioning restroom.

            The school is offering rewards for information that leads to the identification of those involved.

“I am seriously considering canceling the homecoming dance (Saturday, Oct. 9),” Burke’s Facebook post said. “This is unfortunate, since we have not had a dance at PVHS since 2019. But I cannot justify the cost of planning and hosting a fun activity on campus when we are having to repair parts of the building due to vandalism and theft. This is not who Prairie View is, and we expect more from our students. We expect them to model and live our core values of Hawks.

“At this point, we are all accountable to turn this around and start taking care of our building and being good humans and ThunderHawks.”

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