Vandals cost schools thousands
SCHOOL principals have expressed their frustration following repeat attacks of vandalism on their schools during the last couple of months.
Bundaberg State High School principal Raelene Fysh arrived at the school yesterday to find a $5000 golf buggy had been stolen, a school bus window smashed — making the bus useless until the glass is fixed — and garage doors and fences damaged.
The principal said it was the third week her school had been attacked.
“The golf buggy that we use for our students with disabilities, to transport them, has been stolen,” Ms Fysh said.
This was the second time in six months the golf buggy has been stolen, with the NewsMail reporting another theft in October last year.
But it was later located at the nearby golf course.
The Bundaberg high school canoeing team also suffered a set-back when it could not use the bus to get to training.
“It would be lovely for the community to come forward with information to help police catch them.
“I’d like our community to report any suspicious activity within the school vicinity.”
The principal said the damage bill could total hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
Kepnock State High School was also hit at the weekend.
Bundaberg Police Sergeant Leisa Norton said a window was broken at that high school too.
And for “at least” the fourth time in six months, vandals attacked Bundaberg Central State School by smashing the store room window.
“For some reason they just come in and smash it,” principal Chris Rigg said.
“It’s a shame for any school to have this happen.
“We’ve been fortunate in the past, police have been successful in tracking the perpetrators.”
The damage for the constant repair work is costing the school hundreds of dollars.
The primary school was also targeted by arsonists in October last year after offenders lit spot fires in a school building.
Although none of the fires took hold, the NewsMail reported the end result could have been devastating.
Anyone with information about the latest acts of vandalism should telephone Bundaberg Police Station on 4153 9111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.