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No graduation ceremony for students caught vandalizing Moanalua High

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Just days before graduation, vandals armed with cans of spray paint trashed the campus of Moanalua High School and school officials say they know who did it.

Authorities say about a dozen seniors, both boys and girls, were caught on surveillance video vandalizing school property about 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

"They were able to identify at least two students. They brought them in to question and that's when the confessions started to come out, and that's when other students were identified," said Donalyn Dela Cruz, Department of Education spokeswoman.

Pictures posted by students show several walls, doors and sidewalks spray-painted with profane language. A water fountain was ripped off a wall. Trees in the courtyard were toilet-papered, and a state vehicle in the parking lot was vandalized.

Honolulu Police say they are investigating this as a second degree burglary case and a second degree criminal trespassing case. Both are felonies punishable with up to five years in prison.

School officials say the students responsible for the damage will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony on Friday.

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