Blaine Marchant, who parked his trashed, graffiti-sprayed Volvo upside down on a wooden deck in Palo Alto High School's quad last week, can join graduation ceremonies, according to Palo Alto school officials.
Principal Scott Laurence has decided Marchant will be able to join all ceremonies and receive his diploma with the rest of the class while school officials work with police and the district attorney's office to settle on a final discipline, Associate Superintendent Marilyn Cook told a reporter Friday.
Marchant, 18, was arrested June 5 for felony vandalism after the 1994 Volvo station wagon was found on its roof on the deck, causing an estimated $3,000 in damage -- well above the limit for a felony crime. He also was arrested for removing the vehicle identification number from the vehicle.
The arrest unleashed a flood of discussion on the Town Square community forum, with many protesting that the aging deck needed repairs anyway.
Jay Boyarsky, supervising deputy district attorney for northern Santa Clara County, told the Weekly last week that he would be reviewing all aspects of the case and will make a decision about appropriate charges prior to Marchant's scheduled arraignment June 19.
Marchant was released on bail after spending about seven hours in the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.
According to the Town Square forum comments, a number of other students were involved in the incident.