High school van­dal crack down

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MOSS­MAN High prin­ci­pal Deb­o­rah Kachel be­lieves of­fend­ers who con­tinue to break into the school should apol­o­gise to stu­dents, staff and the com­mu­nity and made to do com­mu­nity-ser­vice at the school for de­stroy­ing com­mu­nity- paid re­sources.

Ms Kachel has spo­ken out about the crime wave hit­ting the school, which has seen a $2000 roller-door at the In­door Cen­tre re­placed, and the most re­cent at­tack be­ing a smashed Sci­ence room win­dow on Tues­day night.

‘‘It is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing when stu­dents come in and see their things have been bro­ken and their items dam­aged,’’ she said.

‘‘ I’ve tried to ex­plain to the stu­dents that when peo­ple dam­age school prop­erty they are tak­ing from the com­mu­nity who pays for their fa­cil­i­ties, money comes from the gov­ern­ment which is tax­pay­ers’ money and every­body who works pays tax for our schools and our re­sources.

‘‘It im­pacts every­body and means we have lots of re­pairs and cleanups, the clean­ing staff are spend­ing ex­tra hours clean­ing up af­ter the van­dal­ism – they are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job clean­ing up – and re­sources they steal have to be re­placed with money we don’t re­ally have.

‘‘It’s the same peo­ple do­ing it who ob­vi­ously are show­ing a great dis­re­spect for their com­mu­nity. They’ve done it be­fore and some have been caught, but are con­tin­u­ing it.’’

Ms Kachel said the school does not mind peo­ple us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties on the week­ends, but now they have to look at mak­ing the school more se­cure to stop the on­go­ing van­dal­ism and break-and-en­ters.

‘‘Why do they feel they have to dam­age some­thing that be­longs to every­body? We all have own­er­ship over it but also it is their school and some­thing they should be proud of rather than trash­ing it,’’ she said.

‘‘Those peo­ple who have been in­volved re­ally need to be ac­count­able for it, th­ese young peo­ple should not only have to speak with po­lice but should come speak to staff and stu­dents here and apol­o­gise for what they have done.

If any­body notices any­one, of any age, loi­ter­ing around the school af­ter hours or act­ing sus­pi­ciously they are urged to con­tact po­lice on 4098 2177, or Crime Stop­pers anony­mously on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

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