Felony charges have been filed against five teens suspected of vandalizing the Ashburn Colored School, which is being restored as a community museum.
Juvenile petitions for felony destruction of property and misdemeanor entering property of another for the purpose of damaging it were served this week, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
Charged are three 16-year-olds from Sterling, a 17-year-old from Sterling, and a 16-year-old from Ashburn. The names of the juveniles were not released.
Although the graffiti spray-painted on the wooden one-room schoolhouse Oct. 1 included racist elements, the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office determined the case did not meet the legal requirements for a hate crime.