Year 12 students vandalise cars from rival high school

Rogue Year 12 students – who appear to be slow learners and unaware of the consequences of causing malicious damage – have been accused of vandalising cars belonging to attendees of a rival school as part of ‘muck-up’ day celebrations.

A group of Year 12 students from Melbourne private school Firbank Grammar have been caught on video vandalising cars during their end-of-school celebrations.

According to the Herald Sun newspaper, some students from private girls school Firbank Grammar are accused of pushing the boundaries on ‘muck-up’ day pranks by damaging vehicles belonging to Year 12 Brighton Grammar students – a boys private school with close ties to Firbank Grammar.

Footage gathered by the Herald Sun, shows suspected Firbank Grammar girls vandalising a student’s car, covering it in plastic wrap and writing "highly offensive words" on the vehicle – with a second video showcasing alleged Firbank Grammar female students standing next to another vandalised car.

Police were notified of the incident when it happened on 11 October 2023.

Some Brighton Grammar students claimed a group of Firbank Grammar Year 12 leavers had scratched a few of the vehicles and painted parts of the cars with nail polish.

It was reported at least five vehicles were vandalised, demonstrating the rogue students were slow learners who didn't realise malicious damage is a criminal offence.

An anonymous Brighton Grammar student told the Herald Sun: “There’s hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of damage on some of the cars, it’s just not acceptable.”

‘Muck-up’ day is considered an Australian school-leaver tradition – where graduating year 12 students indulge in supposedly harmless pranks while celebrating the end of an era before heading to university or full-time jobs.

The ‘muck-up’ day tradition has been scrutinised in recent years amid growing concerns for public health and safety.

In 2020, Sydney’s Shore School made headlines after a small group of year 12 students planned “illegal and disrespectful year 12 muck-up day activities.”

The ‘Triwizard Shorenament’ previously reported by The Sydney Morning Herald saw the extent to which some students will go for the controversial tradition.

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