COVINGTON, La. - One teenager is out of jail tonight, while a second, both arrested on Thursday for vandalizing property at St. Paul's, remains in the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
On April 29, the vandals covered the front half of the school, including religious statues and the school sanctuary, with extensive and offensive graffiti, police said.
Crimestoppers was able to provide some of the information needed to make the arrest, according to police.
Officers with the Covington Police Department say the teens admitted to the vandalism, saying they were intoxicated at a party and decided to spray-paint the school. The teens say they did not intend the act as a hate crime, though detectives say the investigation is still on-going.
In a letter to school parents and students Friday, Principal of St. Paul's School, Brother Ray Bulliard said, "We offer our prayer for the young men and all those who are tempted to commit crimes or who have hate in their hearts. While one of the young men was a recent graduate of a local public school, I want to make it very clear that this in no way should reflect negatively on that school or its students. We want our current students to learn from this very unfortunate situation that actions have consequences. At this point, the matter is in the hands of the criminal justice system and not in the hands of Saint Paul’s School."
Police say Hall had dropped out of school, while Edwards had recently graduated. It was not revealed what schools either had attended.