Utica, N.Y., police are trying to determine whether syrup and baby oil spilled across the hallway floors at a local high school early Monday morning were part of a senior prank or some other mishap.
City police are trying to determine whether syrup and baby oil spilled across the hallway floors at Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School early Monday morning were part of a senior prank or some other mishap.
A raccoon carcass also was found outside the school’s sports entrance Monday, but it is unclear whether the animal’s body was dumped there or if it simply walked there and died, Utica police Chief Mark Williams said after speaking with the school district’s security director, John Syrotynski.
Students spent a portion of the day in the cafeteria and auditorium while the slippery goo was cleaned up, high school Principal Steven Falchi said. By 8:30 a.m., the students were back in class, and first period resumed as normal, he said.
The school is looking into whether the vandalism appeared to be the act of a senior prank, Falchi said.
There are no signs of forced entry into the building, and a review of the school’s surveillance footage appears to indicate that someone entered the school at about 4 a.m. Monday to pour the sticky substance all over a hallway floor, Williams said.
How the vandals entered the building or the purpose of the animal carcass still remains unclear, Williams said.
“Who knows what that was all about,” Williams said of the dead animal.