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TONAWANDA HIGH STUDENTS VIDEOTAPE THEIR VANDALISM

The spirited Tonawanda-North Tonawanda rivalry escalated into vandalism last weekend when some Tonawanda High School students spray-painted about 50 windows at North Tonawanda High School.

But the case took on an added twist when the culprits videotaped their own acts.

Five Tonawanda High School students, four boys and a girl, were suspended this week after the incident, North Tonawanda police reported today as they continued their investigation.

"It's my understanding that there was a videotape taken of the action, and the Tonawanda High School principal received a copy of it," said North Tonawanda Police Juvenile Aid Officer Paul T. Schultz.

Police reports indicate that the five spray-painted the windows with water-based paint, put ketchup on some of the windows and nearby sidewalks, threw toilet paper into the trees and spray-painted "Go T.H.S." on a statue in front of the school.

Damage was estimated at more than $250.

Schultz wouldn't say whether any arrests are expected in the vandalism spree, which occurred Sunday night, six days before Saturday's 88th football game between the schools.

"It's traditional T-NT week here in the Tonawandas, and the rivalry continues," Schultz said. "But we will not tolerate vandalism to our buildings."

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