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Prankster sets off sprinkler, evacuates WLHS

An unknown prankster melted and set off a fire sprinkler in the football locker room at West Linn High School, causing a school evacuation Monday.

Some students thought it was just a routine fire drill.

According to the Dec. 5 police report, the sprinklers were set off at 9:35 a.m., flooding to the locker room floor and causing a yet undetermined amount of damage, according to Sgt. Neil Hennelly.

Setting off the sprinklers and initiating a false report constitutes criminal mischief and the culprit could face low-grade misdemeanor to C felony charges, according to Hennelly. If a flame was used to set off the sprinkler, then the crime is automatically a C felony, he added.

Principal Lou Bailey was unavailable for comment as of press time.

If anyone has any information on the incident, anonymously text the West Linn Police Department at 274637 with the message WLPD and the tip. Or, students can contact the school resource officer, Mike Francis.