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Superintendent, principal hold press conference about school vandalism

Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten read a statement to a small group of reporters at a press conference Friday at Hudson High School. HHS Principal Ed Lucas also made a statement. Neither took questions citing the ongoing police investigation and student privacy guidelines.

In her statement, Bowen-Eggebraaten called the incident that allegedly involved up to 26 HHS 2007 graduates and the vandalism of five schools including their own, "irresponsible, disrespectful and destructive behavior ...contrary to the values we hold dear."

Said Lucas, "I am extremely disappointed that a very small percentage of our seniors may have been involved ....The fact that those responsible tried to make it look like River Falls students were to blame make this even more of a travesty."

Both administrators said they will be working this summer on ways to reach out to the other high schools and their students as well as to HHS students in an effort to avoid the possibility of any future incidents.

Hudson Police Chief Andrew Smith said Friday that investigators have some additional work to complete before they present their findings to District Attorney Eric Johnson's office sometime toward the end of next week. The district attorney will make the decision on what charges, if any, to bring against the suspects.

Look for more on this story in next week's Star Observer which will also include the statements made by Bowen-Eggebraaten and Lucas.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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