Authorities are saying several Byng School buildings were vandalized over the weekend and two teens were arrested.
Allen Simpson, a teacher at Byng Schools, entered a building Saturday morning where his office is located to discover it was broken into and ransacked.
Several file cabinets were opened but nothing appeared to be missing, according to a report by Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Heath.
“In the kitchen area of the building, it appeared to have been sprayed with a fire extinguisher,” Heath said. “There were papers and miscellaneous objects strung out all over the building. A window in the kitchen on the north side of the building had been broken by a large rock that was (still) inside the kitchen. A window on a door on the southwest side of the building was also broken.”
Heath and school faculty searched the campus and discovered other vandalism including a broken window on the east side of the building.
“I was notified later that day that the horticulture building had also been broken into and vandalized,” Heath said. “A greenhouse door ... had been kicked open and plants were thrown all over the building and it appeared a large part of the building had been sprayed with a fire extinguisher.”
Byng Junior High Principal Kevin Wilson and Heath reviewed video footage of the alleged burglars and Wilson was able to identify them.
Heath interviewed one of the suspects shown on the footage, a 17-year-old minor, who reportedly admitted he and a friend, 18-year-old Dalton Coulson, had broken into the buildings.
“(The minor) advised that they had both been drinking and they walked from (Coulson’s) house in Byng to the school and started in the horticulture building,” Heath said.
“(He) advised that (Coulson) kicked the door open to the greenhouse and they both began to throw plants on the ground.”
The minor said Coulson sprayed a fire extinguisher all over the plants and the two then walked to the Alternative Education Building.
“(The minor said Coulson) threw a large rock through the window and sprayed a fire extinguisher through the window,” Heath said. “(He said) Coulson then threw the fire extinguisher through the window.”
The minor reportedly said they ransacked the inside of the building. Juvenile services were contacted and Heath was told to arrest the minor.
“(The minor) was transported to Cleveland County Juvenile Detention Center,” Heath said.
Coulson’s father drove him to the sheriff's office where Coulson reportedly admitted he and the minor committed the vandalism. He was arrested on suspicion of three counts of burglary and malicious injury to property.