BELFAST – Four Belfast Area High School football players were charged with criminal mischief after a paintball-shooting spree through city streets Tuesday.
Three of the four student-athletes are juveniles. The fourth, Kegan Barrett, 18, is a tuition student from Palermo. Two of the boys are from Belfast, the other from Northport.
High school principal Butch Arthers, who is also the football coach, said he expected the boys would face some form of disciplinary action. He said the boys involved knew they were wrong and were sorry for their actions.
“It’s a prank, but it’s uncalled for,” Arthers said Wednesday. “We’ve been talking to these gentlemen most of the day, and I do see some remorse. Most of what happened took place off school grounds but there may be some discipline for some things that happened on school grounds.”
Patrolman Bryan Cunningham said he and Patrolman Eric Kelly received approximately a dozen complaints starting around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses reported seeing a group of males in a red Ford pickup truck riding through the city shooting homes, vehicles and signs with paintballs. The vandalism occurred along downtown streets, outer High Street, Doak Road, Belmont Avenue, Waterville Road and Pitcher Road. Cunningham traced the vehicle to the high school and confronted the boys after football practice. Cunningham said the orange paint was water-based and easily removed.