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Baraboo principal suspended, admits role in senior prank that turned into vandalism

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The principal at Baraboo High School admits he shares some of the responsibility for vandalism that caused recent damage at his school.

In a letter to school staff, shared with WKOW 27 News by Baraboo Schools, principal Glenn Bildsten says "I fully recognize and accept my responsibilities in this matter and apologize once again for my mistakes, including allowing any entry into the building whatsoever in the first part."

Bildsten also admitted in a letter sent to parents he allowed students into the building the night of May 21 so they could could rearrange desks as part of a senior prank. While only a small group was approved, more than 60 students entered the building and some took part in what was reported to police as vandalism. In the letter to parents, Bildsten said the mess was cleaned up the next morning.

Bildsten emailed high school staff members on Wednesday, notifying them he had been suspended for two days and would not be in the office on Thursday and Friday. Bildsten said the suspension was unpaid.

Baraboo High School tells 27 News principal Bildsten is out of the office till Monday and we were unable to reach him at his home.

The Baraboo News Republic reports police are still considering whether to refer criminal charges against some of the students.

A Baraboo High School senior reportedly told the newspaper a copy machine was damaged by glitter and some students urinated in bathroom hand soap dispensers.

The newspaper also reports principal Bildsten initially said in a phone interview he did not know how the students bypassed the door's lock and the school security system. In the letter to parents, he said he did not intend to mislead the reporter.
 

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