High school vandal crack down
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.
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