Students Selling Bracelets to Raise Money for Vandalism Clean-up

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East Lansing, Mich. (WILX) A group of East Lansing High students is working to fix the reputation some classmates damaged when they vandalized the school earlier this month as part of a senior class prank.

The damage left by vandals is estimated to be between $6,000 and $8,000, and now recent graduate Ian Pearsall and friends are stepping in for a little damage control.

"We wanted to do something to help out because we felt bad and we didn't want the image that everyone had of our class to be that," he said.

Lead by his friend and fellow recent graduate Patrick Mullan, they've been selling bracelets around town with a pretty clear message: "when you spray, we all pay."

And people are taking notice.

"Before we ordered the wristbands we had already sold like 50 and we had gotten donations just to Patrick Mullan's door, people were dropping off money--50 to 80 dollars in the first day," Pearsall said.

To date, they've sold about 200 bracelets and have raked in about $400 in donations.

The students coordinated with three businesses in East Lansing including Bell's Pizza on Grand River Ave., Biggby Coffee on Abbott and Lake Lansing and the East Lansing Public Library to sell the bracelets. Pearsall says they're currently working to get more involved.

Beyond the bracelets, several of the students also stepped up recently to help repaint and clean up the mural of hand prints from past graduating classes that had been spray painted over, according to Pearsall.

"It looks as good as new now and we really wanted our image to be a good class," he said.

"Being involved with it, it just warms my heart... just everybody wanting to get involved with their own helping ways and ideas and it's just really awesome to watch."

Bracelets can be purchased with a minimum $1-2 donation.

Five of the six suspected vandals--all recent graduates of East Lansing High School--were arraigned this week and charged with malicious destruction of school property. It's a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Graffiti was found spray painted across the school building on June 6, the final day of classes for the school year.

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