BERLIN — Police said a Stephen Decatur High School student was arrested Monday and charged with mailing three packages containing animal excrement to a vice-principal at the school.
The student is in 12th grade, and the administrator is Vice Principal Mark Flynn, according to Barb Witherow, a spokeswoman for Worcester County Schools. She declined to name the youth.
Witherow said the student has been punished with a 10-day suspension, which is the maximum amount of time a student can be suspended. She said she has no idea why Flynn was the recipient of the package.
"We do promote a respectful and positive learning environment. Any inappropriate or disruptive or illegal activity is not acceptable," she said.
The juvenile male, whose name and age police have not released, was arrested and charged with three counts of disturbing activities at school and three counts of molesting a school administrator. In this case, police noted, molestation does not mean anything of a sexual nature, but refers to an unwarranted or malicious bothering.
Flynn on April 30 notified a school security officer, a sheriff's deputy, that he'd received a package through the Post Office containing fecal matter, according to Lt. Ed Schreir, a spokesman for the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. The deputy, in turn, notified the Post Office, he said.
On May 2, a postal inspector notified the deputy that two more similar packages had been dropped off at the Post Office, addressed to Flynn at the high school. It was later determined that both packages also contained fecal matter, Schreier said.
Schreier said once the additional packages were dropped off at the Post Office, the postal inspector took notice of who was bringing them in. As the young man left the post office, the postal inspector wrote down his license plate, and contacted police.
The investigation led police to the juvenile's home and vehicle, Schreier said. Deputies located him May 5 at a McDonald's restaurant beside the high school on Seahawk Drive, where he was arrested. The young man admitted to mailing the fecal matter, telling police it was dog and cow excrement.
Schreier also said a search of the young man's car also turned up "a large quantity of alcohol," leading police also to charge him with underage alcohol possession. The case has been referred to juvenile services, Schreier said.
The Postal Service has no plans to pursue federal charges against the boy, becuse he's being prosecuted locally, according to Frank Schissler, a Baltimore-based spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.