Schools boss says New Jersey class prank overblown

A girl crosses the street near police vehicles outside of Teaneck High School, where at least 60 students were arrested during an overnight break-in, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Teaneck, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A girl crosses the street near police vehicles outside of Teaneck High School, where at least 60 students were arrested during an overnight break-in, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Teaneck, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — The head of a New Jersey school district where more than 60 students were arrested after being accused of pulling a senior class prank says their antics were overblown in the media.

Teaneck Superintendent Barbara Pinsak issued a statement Friday saying janitors cleaning Teaneck High School found no evidence to back up initial police reports students had urinated in the hallways.

Teaneck police haven’t responded to Pinsak’s comments.

Pinsak says there was no damage to school property and the cleanup consisted of removing petroleum jelly from doorknobs, sweeping floors of debris and removing graffiti. She says the district doesn’t condone the students’ behavior but exaggerated reports of mayhem “misrepresent” their school and community.

Sixty-three high school seniors were charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

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