Senior prank halts school buses in southeast valley

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- Their execution was flawless and their getaway was perfect, but some high school seniors are in trouble this week.

"The air had been let out of the tires," said Dana Hawman, the Spokesperson for Florence Unified School District.

Seniors, who are ready to say good-bye to their high school years, let the air out of the tires of 36 school buses that serve students in the Florence Unified School District.

"Letting the air out of the tires on a school bus is a lot more of a complicated issue to deal with than letting the air out of a tire on a car because of the size and weight of the bus," said Hawman.

So they rallied up the maintenance and transportation employees and they got to work right away fixing the school bus tires. Then the buses rolled out on their morning routes about an hour behind schedule. 

"It could have been a lot worse. The rumor was going around that someone had slashed tires on the buses. It was not that kind of criminal damage," said Hawman.

During an early morning assembly, the Principal at Poston Butte High School gave the students who did it an opportunity to come forward on their own accord. Six seniors did come forward and will avoid criminal charges.

"It was roughly $2,000 in damages," said Hawman.

The six seniors who confessed to the crime will have their work cut out for them this summer. They must do community service and work off the damages this senior prank cost the Florence Unified School District.