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Lockland students appear in court

Lockland High School students appear in court Monday Lockland High School students appear in court Monday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Eleven Lockland High School students appeared in court Monday after they were arrested last week for breaking into their school.

Twenty students were arrested Thursday night for breaking into the school as a senior prank. Of those 20 students, eight are juveniles and 12 are adults. Eleven of the 12 adults were arraigned Monday morning. Judge Russell Mock said they may remain free on bond.

The students face charges of resisting arrest and breaking and entering. They have been suspended until the end of the school year and may not walk at graduation.

Parents who attended Monday's arraignment say it was an innocent prank and the students did nothing wrong. They said the students planned to place items around the school and move books from the library into the cafeteria.

"You don't put them in a courtroom, and you don't take away their right to walk, they've earned it," said parent Jennifer Thiessen. "

"If you want to make an example out of them, this is not the way to do it," said Pastor Joseph Bradley.

But police say the students had no good reason to be inside the building and diverted public resources, including K-9 units and officers from five neighboring communities.

A grand jury will now get the case and decide whether to indict them as charged, indict on lesser counts, or drop the case. The case will go to the grand jury on May 28.

"If I thought for one second that this was an illegal event that could send my daughter to jail and give her a criminal record that would mess her life up for good, I would have never ever agreed to it," said Crystal Estes, another parent.

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