donaldsonville damage

Damage at Donaldsonville High School after an apparent joy ride in a public school bus.

DONALDSONVILLE — Four juveniles were arrested Thursday on felony criminal damage and other counts on allegations they took school buses on an evening joy ride at Donaldsonville High School, smashed a brick building and damaged three buses.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said the youths walked onto the high school campus off La. 1 some time before 7 p.m. Wednesday, got on the three buses and drove them around the parking lot before two were driven into an exterior wall at the school.

No injuries were reported and the building sustained moderate damage to the exterior, Webre said in a statement. All three buses were damaged.

Deputies reported earlier on Thursday that a fourth bus was involved in the incident but said later only three were taken for a ride.

Sheriff's detectives identified the youths after looking at school surveillance video, Webre said. 

In addition to the criminal damage counts, the juveniles were booked on counts of criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, three counts of simple burglary and three counts of unauthorized use of a movable, Webre said.

Jackie Tisdell, spokeswoman for the parish school system, said officials are working with sheriff's investigators and assessing the damage to the school building and buses.

But she said she doesn't expect the damage to affect the start of school on Thursday, Aug. 8.

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