School picks up the pieces

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

STU­DENTS are al­leged to have caused more than $30,000 dam­age to Carine Se­nior High School.

The 2017 WA Sec­ondary School of the Year faced a mas­sive clean-up af­ter a group of peo­ple broke into the art depart­ment at night on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 6.

They used bright red paint to van­dalise the class­room, in­clud­ing the teacher’s com­puter and ve­hi­cles owned by peo­ple at­tend­ing a line dance class.

A stu­dent re­ported that they ar­rived at the school the next day, the fi­nal for Year 12s, to find su­per­glue cov­er­ing locks on most of the school’s doors, a mat­tress and car­rots in the pool, draw­ings of gen­i­tals spray­painted on the oval and trees and paint scat­tered in­side and out­side the gym.

Prin­ci­pal Damian Shut­tle­worth, who is nom­i­nated for Prin­ci­pal of the Year at the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards, an­nounced to stu­dents that the school had CCTV footage of “six in­di­vid­u­als” and said the peo­ple who had caused the dam­age would be “dealt with by the full ex­tent of the law”.

He said many Year 12 stu­dents were up­set by the van­dal­ism and he be­lieved the of­fend­ers did not rep­re­sent the school leavers.

An Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment spokes­woman said the school re­ported the in­ci­dent to po­lice.

Scar­bor­ough Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Craig Wanstall con­firmed they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

To help, call Crime Stop­pers, or to re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour at a school out of hours, call School Watch Se­cu­rity on 1800 177 777 or po­lice on 131 444.

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