Peninsula HS Vandalized; PV High Students Arrested

The football stadium at Peninsula High School was vandalized Thursday night. Multiple Palos Verdes High School students have been arrested or detained in connection with the vandalism.

Two adults have been arrested and six juveniles detained in connection with "serious vandalism" at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School on Thursday night, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Lomita Station.

School officials implied that the vandalism, which occurred at the Peninsula High football stadium, was the result of a rivalry with Palos Verdes High School.

"Paint was splashed over the bleachers—red paint," sheriff's Lt. John Wolack told Patch. "The track was damaged, I believe also with paint."

School officials estimated the cost of the damage to be $10,000, Wolack said. The Palos Verdes High school colors are red and black.

In a phone conversation with Patch, Peninsula High principal Mitzi Cress said it took about 20 people to clean up the paint.

"Every square inch (of the bleachers) was painted red," she said. "They had to have had ... rollers."

She also said the vandals had painted obscenities on the all-weather track.

"We tried to hide everything we could before the game," Cress said.

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The eight suspects came into the station at 2 p.m., Wolack said. The adults were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, while the juveniles were detained and would probably be released into the custody of their parents.

"We got a lot of help from Palos Verdes High School to complete our investigation," Wolack said.

In a message sent to students and parents, Palos Verdes High principal Dr. Nick Stephany identified the eight suspects as students of Palos Verdes High School.

The students "will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their participation in this crime," Stephany wrote. "These students are not a representation of the entire Sea King community."

"(Over) the last maybe three years, it has just gotten to the point where (the rivalry)'s just become very unhealthy," Cress told Patch. "This is the wake-up call that we as a community ... have all got to come together.

"This has to stop because somebody's going to get hurt."

Cress said she and Stephany and other district officials plan to meet Tuesday to discuss options for toning down the rivalry.

"I think something really good is going to come out of this," she said. "We're going to start the dialogue of what we can do."

The vandalism occurred on the eve of the final regular season varsity football game between the cross-town rivals at Peninsula High. Though Peninsula lost, Cress said that everybody was well-behaved at the game.

No body November 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
How about the fact that cars from palos verdes high school getting keyed? Peninsula just had to spray the paint off with water, while palos verdes high students had to go and pay money to get their cars fixed! Honestly, both schools were wrong, but at least PV's action could have been washed off.
Newsjunkie November 03, 2012 at 02:44 AM
The girl who keyed the cars at PV High goes to PV High it was confirmed today and she was arrested!
sharon yarber November 03, 2012 at 03:03 AM
The commentary so far is interesting. Relativism at its best! "Our kids are not as bad as your kids". Please. Once we ascertain with certainty who the perpetrators are, they should be made to pay, from their personal savings (from gifts from parents and relatives) - and maybe even their wages, if heaven forbid they actually work), for the damage they have done and also be required to do some real community service in places they are afraid to go to gain an appreciation for how good they have it . And to those parents of the guilty who want to protect their kids from the legal consequences of their own acts, by hiring lawyers to defend them, you need to understand that if you do so you are encouraging irresponsible behavior and being enablers. Please let the kids experience the consequences of their choices. While this was not the most horrible example of malicious activity I have ever seen, parents can nip this in the bud if they act appropriately in response.
Newsjunkie November 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM
@Sharon, very well stated! I agree with you 100%
Local Girl November 03, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Serious vandalism? Really? Cross-town high school rivalry is an established facet of Peninsula life since the late 60s/early 70s when three high schools competed for king of the hill. While these now legendary exploits-cum-urban legends — hundreds of mice released onto PVHS campus; flotilla of rotting fish in pool—are not surprising, recent administrative ineptitude on all fronts is shocking, along with a disturbing crime scene effect on both campuses. The PV-Pen game was so saturated with sheriff/police presence, in fact, one wonders whether Pen High also served as a makeshift mockumentary-style setting for a Reno 911! spinoff complete with the entire Lomita Sheriff and PVE Police Departments. On an anachronistic Peninsula surrounded by massive poverty and 21st century gang warfare below—along with corporate corruption and Ponzi-style elitist fraud that's closer to home—I call my family fortunate if such pranks are the most heinous infractions my child might one day commit. Certainly, the trauma faced by so-called offending students for harmless pranks goes beyond standard disciplinary measures and only reinforces classic negative stereotypes about that "PV Bubble."
Joon Park November 03, 2012 at 07:52 AM
hahahaha who confirmed it? the tooth fairy? it was a group of peninsula kids that already admitted to it you kook
Boy Oh Boy November 03, 2012 at 07:59 AM
Well said Local Girl. Newsjunkie, thank you for setting the record straight on the cars being keyed at PV. What I'm scratching my head about is that fact that for the past few years each school has been targeted/vandalized the night before the game. Why weren't a few patrol cars in the parking lots at Peninsula Thursday night? For one night would it have been too difficult to move them from their usual gathering spot behind Valero? As I left the game yesterday I counted 5 patrol cars in the parking lot. Better late than never I suppose. I'm so tired of the condescending comments from people that don't live in the community. People that work hard and have been successful can afford nice things. It's not a community of Kennedys that have inherited their wealth. They went to college and or started a business, worked hard & have earned the rewards of their choices. My son works. Most of his friends work. I work and most of the moms I know work. Shocking isn't it Sharon Yarber? I don't doubt the District will be reimbursed the cost of the vandalism. I know two of the families whose sons were involved. Believe me, these boys will be paying back their parents. Hiring a lawyer, as Sharon stated, is not protecting the kids from the consequences of their actions. It's common sense. I can't imagine any parent letting their child go to court, for whatever charge without an attorney, even a court appointed one.
PK Dilks November 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
One sad fact of these acts is that this kind of activity will affect the perpetrators' ability to go to the college of their choice. Kids are notorious for using bad judgment, but this kind of expensive vandalism -- not a prank but real vandalism, constitutes criminal activity.
hey November 03, 2012 at 04:30 PM
the girl who keyed the cars was from PV not Pen
Ellen November November 03, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Bottom line, it was a criminal act and there will be consequences. The teenage mind is not mature and makes poor judgements. We are very privileged to live here no matter who you are or how you got here. Our school district is hurting financially and I do hope positive changes come out of this sad episode. I'm trying to do something positive for the community by building a skate park. When I read about disregard for property, it disturbs me.
Dale Smith November 03, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Blame the parents
frances colella November 03, 2012 at 06:11 PM
It use to be that whomever won the football game would have bragging rights for the year. The winners could exhibit true sportsmanship by being gracious and the losers could learn lessons of determination and hard work so that they could look forward to a rematch the following year. These children who did this, have never been taught that losing is just one step closer to learning how to cope with life and re-establishing your true sense of worth. Instead, their sense of revenge, boredom, anger, defiance and insecurity of being able to stand up to peer pressure over-rode any inner sense of morality. It happens. Kids make stupid choices and then have to live with them. But what I really want to know is this: Who won the damn football game?
Joon Park November 03, 2012 at 06:36 PM
8 students were charged with felony and conspiracy charges for a highschool prank. This can ruin their lives and your saying the parents shouldn't hire a lawyer to protect their children? That's ridiculous. One of the kids already have a scholarship to USC and you think they should just throw that away just so the parents can teach the kid a lesson? What connection do you even have to the families of the students giving you the right to ask them to not hire a lawyer? You must be a great parent if your the type of parent that would just stand by and watch your childs life go down the drain.
Panther Pride 2012 November 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
PV 41 Pen 6
Newsjunkie November 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Noon Park you are uninformed. This was not a high school prank. $10,000 in damage is felony vandalism.
Local Girl November 03, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Joon Park, I think, is quite an articulate young man with valid points. He should be commended for voicing his opinion on a public forum . . . not an easy task when one considers possible scrutiny of high school students. Additional considerations: the stated damage amount of $10,000 is ridiculous, especially if—as is claimed—the paint was not permanent, but washable. If thousands of dollars of damage was done the night before the football game, then how to explain the nearly pristine condition of the field/stands the very next day? Quite feasibly, the paint was simply washed away. Secondly, Pen Principal Mitzi Cress claimed other occasions of past vandalism also resulted in 10k of damage. This amount is as arbitrary and absurd as current criminal allegations brought against the PVHS students.
Boy Oh Boy November 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Dale, how old are you? You never made a bad decision? Everyone during their adolescence made at least one bad choice. Most of us were lucky enough to not have made the front page. The families I know involved in this you would love to have as your neighbors. There comes a time when a parent has to let the child make their own decisions. Children will make mistakes and disappoint people. It's part of growing up. You're an amazing person to have gone through life never having made a mistake.
RPV Resident November 04, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I agree the $10K is probably overstated given the other facts I've read, but, unfortunately for the students, felony vandalism charges can be brought with as little as $400 in damage. Also, any graffiti is considered vandalism with no requirement that it be permanent. That said, there is no reason the families should accept a felony charge as Sharon Yarber argues. A felony charge carries at least a year in jail (for the kids who are 18). You can also lose the right to vote and it can be nearly possible to get into any college or find a job. You don't mess around with a potential charge like that and any parent would be beyond foolish not to hire an attorney in these circumstances. I've supported Sharon on some of her positions in the past, but her criticism here is misplaced. She is an attorney herself and should know better.
Newsjunkie November 04, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I agree with RPV Resident that the parents should hire lawyers for their kids. We are all entitled to legal defense. Hopefully the students will learn something as a result. The wrong choice, decision, can have tremendous consequences.
Boy Oh Boy November 04, 2012 at 05:02 AM
In case you missed it, this is a quote from attorney Sharon Yarber regarding the situation: "And to those parents of the guilty who want to protect their kids from the legal consequences of their own acts, by hiring lawyers to defend them, you need to understand that if you do so you are encouraging irresponsible behavior and being enablers. Please let the kids experience the consequences of their choices." Really, as an attorney this is your advice? If you were a cardiologist I bet you'd suggest to your patients, "Eat a stick of butter every day and whatever you do, don't exercise." If I ever need counsel, I'll make sure it's not you. If I'm ever in a lawsuit, I hope you're opposing counsel. Shame on you.
Dale Smith November 04, 2012 at 06:03 AM
When I was in high school we used toilet paper and eggs, we never used paint and keys. All of the kids from both schools should suffer the consequences of their actions. And to Boy oh Boy, I am sure I made a few mistakes in my life, but I was held accountable and paid for those mistakes. Its pathetic that American Citizens today think that certain people should be exempt for their irresponsible actions.
Dale Smith November 04, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I agree here, the kids should be punished, but a Felony is a little harsh.
Ellen November November 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Lawyers, who did what blah blah. Bottom line, two wrongs still do not make a right. I'd like to see student government leaders from each high school meet weekly and promote that vandalism of any kind is not cool.
Joon Park November 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
You thought it was a pv kid that keyed the pv student's cars when it was a group of peninsula students. Don't tell me i'm uninformed when you don't even know the facts. - "Noon" Park
Nadine Milad November 06, 2012 at 06:47 PM
It was a group of Penninsula kids who keyed out cars ok? Not only did the authorities confirm it but at the game they were holding signs that had cars with keys next to them. And yeah you parents think that this harmless prank to have fun was a "felony", go a few miles down to places like lomita and see what a real crime is. A little bit of paint that washed off is nothing for these boys to ruin their lives over, they're good kids who made a silly choice. Get over it, the most they should do is suspension and divide the money to payback for damages of the track. This whole thing was blown way out of proportion starting from penninsula high's principle sending an email saying how offended she is that nick stephany commented about their football game, telling penn kids to "stay away" from pv kids. Nick stephany is a great principle and a practical man, but calling the authorities for some paint when pv kids got their cars keyed is undoubtedly unfair and everyone knows it.
class of 2012 November 09, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Goodness. Cress overreacting again. It doesn't cost 10k to wash out paint lol.. and how is this prank even close to deserving the subjects to go to felony??? Just give them a slap on their hands as the first warning. Maybe if they get caught again then give a heavier punishment...
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) November 17, 2012 at 08:11 AM
I remember that vandalism! They spray-painted "Seniors 2002" all over campus, and some not-so-nice messages and images. I remember they glued pennies on some of the locks in the H-building, and tried to cement the doors to the administration offices shut. Didn't they also toss a lunch table or two in the pool, also? That was one of our first big stories for the school website. (Yes, I was an online journalism geek then, too.)
john millerdoug November 20, 2012 at 06:24 AM
David Kari's dad maybe ???http://thedirty.com/2010/02/pv-high-school-coach-loves-aspen-and-strippers/
sky November 20, 2012 at 06:26 AM
David thurman PVH class act http://thedirty.com/2010/02/pv-high-school-coach-loves-aspen-and-strippers/
Jim Tison February 03, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Sorry, BoB, this is the way it goes. Actions have consequences, damages are damages. If they're under 18, they'll get a shot at a clear record when they attain the age of majority. If they're over 18, oh well, shoulda thought it through first. No wonder we have this "privileged" class of people who think they should be exempt from the law. I always wondered where this came from, now I know: their parents!


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