As of Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- Two teens suspected of tagging a Gwinnett high school in gang graffiti have been arrested on felony charges.
Lawrenceville police on Monday booked Daniel Clarke, of Lithonia, and D'ashely Johnson, of Norcross, both 17, on charges they spray-painted graffiti related to the "Pirus" street gang in several areas of Berkmar High School on March 16, officials said.
An unidentified juvenile has also been charged in the case.
The affected areas included a student restroom in the back of the school, outdoor trailer classrooms, along with stairwells and hallways.
Clarke and Johnson are being held without bond on charges of felony gang activity and interference with government property. They also face misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass. Neither is listed as a Gwinnett Public Schools student, a spokesperson for the district said.A state law adopted several years ago makes gang activity a felony in Georgia if it's done in furtherance of any other crime.The Pirus street gang has roots in the Compton area of Los Angeles, where the name is synonymous with being a member of the Bloods gang, according to the Street Gang Resource Center.