Arsonists tar­get school

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU

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.

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