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May 6, 2014

Wagoner High School event sets off inquiries

Board, police review actions of Senior Prank night

WAGONER — Two investigations are under way regarding activities that occurred at Wagoner High School on Senior Prank night.

Information regarding a fight outside the school has been submitted to the district attorney’s office.

Following an executive session Monday, the Wagoner school board voted unanimously to authorize the Tulsa law firm Rosenstein Fist & Reingold to conduct an investigation regarding Senior Prank night.

Board members did not discuss their decision during the open session.

Senior Prank takes place each year at Wagoner High School. Superintendent Monte Thompson said last week that the event is held “to prevent the kids from doing things that would cause true vandalism.”

Senior Prank night began April 27, following baccalaureate ceremonies, and continued into the early hours of April 28.

Wagoner police began their investigation after receiving numerous phone calls last week regarding events that occurred during Senior Prank, said Police Chief Bob Haley. Some callers said Senior Prank included vandalism at the school.

Haley said police have received eyewitness statements from “five or six” individuals,  but most of the information that the department has received has been third-party information. Few individuals who attended Senior Prank have provided information to the police.

Police also were called to the school April 28 regarding a student who was upset about sanctions following Senior Prank, Haley said.

Several students had been disciplined regarding their actions during Senior Prank.  

“One of the kids was upset about that,” Haley said. “By the time the officer got there, he was gone.”

The student returned to school after that day, Haley said.

Wagoner Public Schools released a statement on its Facebook page last week. According to the statement, seniors were given specific guidelines and rules before being allowed to enter Wagoner High School for Senior Prank. Some of those rules were broken by “8-10 of our senior students and those students were called in and reprimanded for their actions,” the statement said.

Shortly after midnight April 28, Wagoner police were called to Wagoner High School’s parking lot regarding an assault and battery, a police report states.

When police arrived, Dillon Sayers,18, who had a large bruise and cut over his left eyebrow, said he could not remember what happened. Witnesses told police that Dashawn Lequan Clark, 19, had confronted Sayers “and pushed him and then punched him in the face.” Sayers fell to the ground and Clark “jumped on him and hit him again.” The police document also states that other individuals became involved in the altercation, but no one else was hit.

Sayers’ parents were at the school and told police that they would take their son to the hospital. Police were later told that doctors had diagnosed a minor concussion. His injuries also included a chipped tooth and a large scratch on his thigh, the report states.

David Sayers, Dillon’s father, attended Monday’s school board meeting, where he said he was called about 12:30 a.m. during Senior Prank.

“Not a parent’s best wake-up call,” he said.

Sayers said he discussed the alleged assault with the school’s principal and superintendent, and was told that it wasn’t a school matter.

While waiting for school board members to return from executive session Monday, Sayers said school officials “need to recognize that they handled the situation incorrectly, from the very beginning.”

He said his son is recovering from his injuries.

Haley said he was told that Senior Prank occurred inside the high school.

“The things that occurred outside were not sanctioned or approved,” he said.

Police plan to submit their finding regarding events inside the high school to the district attorney’s office this week.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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