TWO high-school students are likely to face a lengthy suspension after being caught in the act graffiting their school.
The 13-year-old boys broke into Armidale High School on Thursday morning and damaged walls, carpet and a piano in the crime spree. An alarm sounded about 1.55am, and security and police were deployed.
Police found the boys in one of the buildings and arrested them. Officers found an extensive amount of graffiti with a damage bill expected to run into the thousands of dollars.
The boys were taken to Armidale Police Station and will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed school common areas had sustained a large amount of graffiti but said the break-in did not disrupt any classes.
The security measures in place led to the quick arrest and “any student found to engage in damage to school property and engaging in negative behaviour at school of this kind would be likely to receive a long-term suspension”.