Eight students arrested for Mobile school vandalism

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Eight Mary G. Montgomery High students were arrested at the school for allegedly vandalizing the home of a cheerleader.

Mobile County School System spokeswoman Nancy Pierce said the girls were taken into custody at the Semmes area school Thursday morning.

The Press-Register said witnesses reported that the girls were handcuffed when arrested.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lori Myles said the girls ranged in age from 15 to 18 and were charged with conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

The cheerleader's home had salt poured on grass, killing it in patterns, along with toilet paper on trees and other vandalism.

Chase Dearman, a lawyer representing the girls, said they had already been charged with criminal mischief in connection with the July 1 vandalism, but a plea deal was not accepted.

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