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NJ police arrest 7 students for putting animals in ceilings at their high school

DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Seven northern New Jersey students are facing numerous charges for placing rabbits, mice, roosters and chickens inside ceilings at their high school as part of a senior prank.

Denville police say the students are all boys. Their names were not released because they're juveniles.

Officers went to Morris Knolls High School shortly before midnight Tuesday after a custodian reported seeing people inside the building.

Police say the boys got in through an open window and that most of the animals were stolen from farms.

The seven face various charges including burglary, criminal mischief and conspiracy. Authorities said Saturday that animal cruelty charges are pending because at least one of the animals was injured after falling through the ceiling.

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