Fulton Schools Police Department charged three Forsyth County high school students with second-degree damage to property and reckless driving after they drove on the Roswell High School marching band practice field on Friday, Sept. 13, causing severe damage to the grass.
West Forsyth High School students Ryan Dickerson, 17, Keegan Parris, 17, and Michael Wilkie, 18, admitted to doing donuts on the grass surface at around 8 p.m. when the Wolverines’ football game against Roswell was canceled due to inclement weather, according to a police report.
Roswell Principal Robert Shaw was informed of the damage by members of the school’s marching band on Saturday, Sept. 14, according to Shumuriel Ratliff, the school system’s media relations manager. Shaw received video of the alleged incidents from a Snapchat account that showed two vehicles driving wildly on Roswell’s marching band practice field.
Shaw notified Fulton County school police on Monday, Sept. 16, according to the report, and the department conducted an investigation along with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Forsyth County students allegedly damage Roswell High School practice fieldVideo provided by the Fulton County School System allegedly shows Forsyth County high school students driving wildly over a practice field at Roswell High School on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. School officials say they are conducting an investigation.
Damage to Roswell High School practice fieldVideo provided by Forsyth County School System shows the damage to Roswell High School's marching band practice allegedly done by two students from Forsyth County.
Dickerson and Wilkie admitted to damaging Roswell’s field with a black 2009 Ford F-150 truck. Parris later came forth on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and admitted to damaging the field with a silver 2002 Toyota 4Runner.
Dickerson, Parris and Wilkie were charged and then released on copies of their citations, according to the police report.
The three students have been disciplined, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, director of communications with Forsyth County Schools. Because of their age, federal law prevents their discipline from being made public, Caracciolo said.