Charges Filed Against Six Students for Cutting Down Trees at RV

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against six students for cutting down more than 20 trees on the River Valley High School campus last week. The students attend River Valley and Tri-Rivers and allegedly cut the trees down as a “senior prank.”

Brian Tyler Simmons, David Mark Gifford, and Gage Thomas Stuckman were each charged with one count of Felony Vandalism. Nicholas Layne Dale Warwick, Joseph Allen Conley, and Mitchell Lee Hoffman were each charged with one count of Complicity to Vandalism.

School officials said the students also face discipline from the district, but declined to elaborate citing student privacy rules. According to the River Valley student handbook the students could face up to a 10 day suspension with a possible recommendation for expulsion. They also may lose school credits until restitution is made for the damage.

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