UPDATE: 4th Person Taken Into Custody, All Have Ties to Magnolia High School

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m.

Magnolia Principal Kathi Schmalz said she walked around the corner Thursday morning and found glass all over the floor. Broken glass was also left on one teacher’s seat.

In addition, Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil said the thumb scanner near the lunchroom was smashed. He added a special needs bicycle was stolen from one of the students. The bike was recovered and is back at the school again. 

Thankfully, the school had just installed new surveillance cameras, that produced clear images of the suspects.

Police said it appeared the vandals were on the property to destroy things, rather than steal them.

Wetzel County School Superintendent Jay Yeager said it appears that the suspects were probably trying to get revenge against a teacher, or a particular group of teachers. Yeager said he doesn’t know why anyone would want to create destruction and damage like what was left behind. 

Schmalz said she was “crushed” when she found out which individuals were involved with the vandalism. 

The four people involved will, according to police, be charged with felonies because of the amount of damage.


UPDATE: 2:20 p.m.

Another suspect has been taken into custody by New Martinsville Police. 

Authorities said all suspects have ties to Magnolia High School. Two of the suspects just graduated two weeks ago as part of the 2015 graduating class. One is a 2014 graduate of Magnolia. The fourth suspect was a senior this year at Magnolia, but did not graduate.

Police called the vandalism “destructive.” Desks were overturned, glass was shattered and water was poured in copy machines.

Stay with 7News for more updates.


Three suspects are in custody after allegedly vandalizing Magnolia High School Wednesday night.
New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil said computers were vandalized and windows were smashed.

The estimated cost of damage is between $20,000 and $30,000.

Authorities said the three suspects are in custody. One of the suspects is a juvenile.

Magnolia Principal Kathi D. Schmalz said classes were cancelled Thursday because it was an active crime scene. Students were supposed to be taking final exams.

The names of the suspects have not been released yet.

Stay with 7News for updates.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


More Video

Ohio Lottery

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter