Two Gilbert boys have now been charged following allegations they damaged a sprinkler head at Williams Field High School in May, causing $170,000 in damage to the Higley Unified School District campus, according Maricopa County Juvenile Court records.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office filed the charges against the two 16-year-olds June 24. The charges for each include two misdemeanor charges of aggravated criminal damage, with one charge including conspiracy; and two felony charges of interference with the conduct at a school, with one charge including conspiracy.
The Tribune is not naming the boys because they are minors. Both have court dates later this month.
According to Gilbert police records, on May 21 the boys left their classroom and entered a hall where one admitted to an officer several days later that he stood on several textbooks to use a lighter to trigger the fire sprinkerhead. He claimed the second boy was on lookout, according to the report. The first boy told police he thought, "this would be funny, me not thinking that it would like ruin the whole school." He told police he believed someone would be able to pull a lever to stop the water.
Police interviewed about a dozen witnesses, adults and students.
The entire campus was evacuated as a result of the fire alarm system going off during classes.
The district is in the process of making repairs at the campus and installing security cameras at both of its high schools as a result of the incident.