Fate Of High School Pranksters Still Undetermined

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The Gila County Attorney's office has yet to make a determination on the fate of the Payson High School students involved in a year-end prank.

County Attorney Daisy Flores said it could be several weeks more before any decisions are made regarding charges in the matter.

Somewhere between 18 and 30 students in the middle of the night, Sunday, May 11, painted windows, glued pennies to the walkways and doors, painted numbers onto the synthetic track surface, broke a light pole, and used a tool to remove the valve stems from the district's entire fleet of buses.

Payson Police said they would seek criminal charges against 20 students in connection with a weekend incident.

Flores said that most of the students will probably qualify for a diversion program that will prevent them from ending up with a conviction for a felony on their records, given that most of the honors students involved have never been in trouble before and most turned themselves in.

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