Pupil dis­gusted by van­dal­ism

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I am dis­gusted with the van­dals who have been smash­ing win­dows at our school, Ti­tahi Bay Pri­mary. Over the last year our school has ex­pe­ri­enced huge amounts of van­dal­ism and dis­re­spect to school prop­erty, in­clud­ing peo­ple destroying our rub­bish bins, graf­fiti, and, most of all, smash­ing our win­dows.

It eats into the school’s bud­get and forces us to spend valu­able money on win­dows and other re­pairs, when it could oth­er­wise

be spent on school equip­ment and other in­vest­ments.

Mrs De­laney, the school prin­ci­pal, says that al­ready this year we have spent $4500 on re­pairs, and now that we need to re­place an­other 21 win­dows it could be an­other $4000 wasted.

It is also un­fair on the teach­ers, whose class­rooms be­came haz­ards be­cause of all the bro­ken glass.

Micah Wratt, a year 6 pupil at our school, says it makes her feel an­gry and an­noyed.

She also says: ‘‘I think it is silly that they do it, and they keep do­ing it.’’ I to­tally agree with her.

The van­dal­ism can make pupils feel in­se­cure and anx­ious when they walk into their class­room and find all the win­dows have been smashed.

‘‘All the chil­dren had to be moved to an­other space,’’ said Mrs De­laney.

This means that the chil­dren’s learn­ing is dis­rupted and that they have to be crammed into smaller places, such as the school li­brary, so that they have some­where to work.

Van­dal­ism doesn’t just af­fect the school. It af­fects the whole com­mu­nity.

The main ques­tion which ev­ery­one is ask­ing is: How should the coun­cil help with this?

Two pos­si­ble op­tions are that we could in­stall more se­cu­rity cam­eras to de­ter van­dals from dam­ag­ing our school prop­erty, or we could lock up the school grounds af­ter 5pm.

The prob­lem with this is that it’s un­fair to the peo­ple who treat our school with re­spect.

Should the coun­cil pay for the dam­age to our school?

My opin­ion is the coun­cil should pay for it.

Af­ter all, it isn’t the school’s fault that it is be­ing tar­geted and they have paid for enough re­pairs al­ready don’t you think?

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