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Two dozen high school students are facing burglary and criminal mischief charges for a senior class prank in New Jersey.

They are among the 62 who were arrested early Thursday morning at Teaneck High School. Police responded to a burglar alarm, and found desks flipped over, chairs broke, graffiti on the walls, silly string on the floors and balloons throughout the building.

“Numerous desks, chairs were dragged out into the hallways, you couldn’t make it through some of the hallways,” said Acting Police Chief Robert Carney. “The urine all over the hallways, the grease that was applied to the doors, there was a large amount of it.”

The 24 students who are 18 or older are facing charges. The other 38 are juveniles and were released to their parents. The school district is also considering disciplining students.

“If this was a senior class prank, I just don’t believe that a lot of them realize the seriousness of it as far as breaking into the building,” Sgt. John Garland said. “That’s a burglary and I don’t think they understand that. It’s a very serious offense.”

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