Student cited after paintball barrage at Tosa East

Oct. 19, 2009

Wauwatosa East High School looked like it had been under attack earlier this month - from a paintball strike, that is.

A 15-year-old West Allis boy who attends school at East was arrested for disorderly conduct after he brought a backpack full of paintballs into school and spent the first two periods of the school day hurling orange and pink paint around the second-floor hallway, restrooms and library, according to a Wauwatosa police report released this week.

Students tried to stay clear of the paint splatters in the Oct. 6 incident, but their shoes tracked the paint throughout the building and left janitors with numerous messes to clean up.

In the hallways, the floors were covered with paint footprints. Administrators estimated 20 paintballs had been thrown at the walls, ceiling and floor in one bathroom.

The student was found sitting with a friend outside the boys locker room, where another 20 paintballs were found in a garbage can. The friend had a paintball in her purse, which she said the boy had just given her.

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