Trees cut down at Tehachapi High, police investigating possible prank gone too far

A tree that was cut down is seen Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Tehachapi High School in Tehachapi, Calif. More than a dozen trees have been mysteriously cut down at the school. (KBAK/KBFX photo/ Cesar Espinoza)

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – More than 20 trees have been mysteriously cut down at Tehachapi High School.

School officials said they arrived Thursday morning to find the chopped trees. Some locks on campus doors were also damaged, and trash was strewn on the school grounds.

One of the trees served as a memorial to a student who had died.

The Tehachapi principal said they don't know who carried this out, but they believe it was a senior "prank." He said nothing was captured on surveillance video.

A school event on campus ended about 7 p.m. Wednesday, and all of the vandalism took place overnight.

Police have launched an investigation, and the community is stepping up to help.

Some students have arrived at the campus with new trees to plant, and the principal said he's fielded calls from people wanting to donate for the purchase of new trees.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call police at (661) 822-2222.

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