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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Two Westover high school students are behind bars tonight, accused of vandalizing their own school. 18-year olds Kaylon Allen and Anthony Parks are charged with burglary, breaking out windows, and stealing computers last night.

Westover High school is undergoing a major renovation right now. The school system is trying to make it a nicer place for students, that's why it's so upsetting that students are the ones accused of damaging the school.

Students come and go to class at Westover High with little knowledge that two of their classmates are now suspected with roughing up the school.  R.D. Harter said, "I think the whole community should be insulted that we raise people who have no regard for public places and public property. This is citizens property."

There was little evidence of the damage from last night's breakin at Westover High when we visited today. Most windows that had been broken out with a slingshot, had since been repaired. The window of Loretta Shelton's room was broken out. She thinks the vandalism was a silly, senseless act. She said, "Some kids trying to see what they can get away with."

Asst. Principal Gene Miles says it's unfortunate this kind of damage would occur here. He said, "We regret that anyone would come in our school and do this, we have an investment going on right now. We're going to do our best to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Unfortunately, this appears to have been an inside job.  Harter said, "We regret when things like this happen, when the criminal element chooses to destroy that property."

18 year olds Kaylon Allen and Anthony Parks weren't in class Tuesday. Instead, they've been charged with the crime and are now in the Dougherty County jail. Both men have been charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and theft by taking. Anthony Parks also had a large folding knife in his possession and is charged with carrying a weapon on school property.

In addition to breaking out windows and taking computers, investigators tell us they also discharged fire extinguishers in classrooms throughout the school and damaged overhead projectors.

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