Arsonists target school
Another West Auckland school has been hit by arsonists.
Freyberg Community school’s garden shed was burned to the ground on November 13. It’s the second west school that’s been targeted by arsonists in a month.
Principal Christine Wilson said a person driving past the school at 10pm noticed the flames and rang emergency services.
Three adults were seen fleeing the scene, she said.
‘‘It’s awful that something we’re all working hard to protect, maintain and make nice is being threatened,’’ Wilson said.
The school had just gotten back on its feet after a large fire damaged several classrooms in 2014, she said.
The fire damaged the Te Atatu¯ South school’s swimming pool wall, pottery wall and windows of the nearby preschool classroom.
Wilson said the arson attack caused a lot of uncertainty and concerns among teachers and students.
In October, Fruitvale School in New Lynn was targeted by arsonists when its junior playground was burnt to the ground.
Wilson said it was devastating that people were deliberately setting fire in schools.
‘‘It’s just senseless, awful damage for no reason.
The damage would cost the school thousands.