Albia High School's performance at the Drake Relays was Hoosieresque. The Blue Demons became the smallest school to win the 4-by-400 meter relay in 95 years, but their next goal was to break the state record. That won't happen after their anchor, Alex Schultz, and 9 other students were involved in a school prank.
According to Superintendent Kevin Crall, around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Albia police, on a routine patrol, saw through the front windows at the high school items in the hallway that they knew weren’t supposed to be there (cafeteria tables). They called Crall who arrived at about 1:45 a.m. and found cafeteria tables moved throughout the building, as well as some toilet paper strewn about.
In investigating further, Crall discovered several students, including a few athletes, still in the building.
Apparently 10 students had entered the building unauthorized with a card key taken without permission from an adult who had worked with students during the year.
Crall said no criminal charges are being filed and that the incident is being handled internally with discipline and Code of Conduct measures.
“I hesitate to call it vandalism because there was no permanent damage and no intent to do permanent damage,” said Superintendent Kevin Crall. “But it was a serious violation of school rules and we’re handling it in a way that makes it clear to students that this sort of thing will not be tolerated.”
Schultz, a senior, was suspended for the state qualifying meet and will not run at the state championship.
Albia Track Coach, Todd Ratliff, told Channel 13 Sports in an e-mail that, "They are good kids. Just failed to think about what they were doing, and the consequences that it carried. With that said, we are forced to move forward. We were able to still qualify 11 events for the state meet with a district runner up position. For that I am very thankful. And no one will ever be able to take away the accomplishments that this team had this year."