School trashed in ‘mindless’ attack
Crime: Council reveals cost of damage to academy could reach more than £10,000
MORE than £10,000 of damage has been caused at a Moray school following a massive vandalism spree.
Windows were broken, science lab equipment smashed and fire extinguishers set off during the raid at Forres Academy.
Debris was left strewn across the floor inside the secondary school after trollies were tipped over and the contents of trays poured out.
Last night, Moray Council condemned the “destruction” caused to classrooms but stressed they were confident the school would be ready to welcome pupils again after the summer break.
Forres councillor George Alexander, who taught maths at the school, described the damage as “mindless vandalism”. He added: “It’s a great shame when things like this happen.”
Police have confirmed a 17-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the incident.
A Moray secondary school has been trashed in a “mindless” vandalism spree.
Science lab equipment, computers and windows were all targeted in the break-in at Forres Academy.
Several fire extinguishers were also set off during the raid which left glass shattered and debris strewn on classroom floors.
Moray Council revealed the cost of damage is likely to stretch to more than £10,000 – but stressed they were “confident” the school would be ready to welcome back pupils after the summer break in two weeks.
Yesterday, head teacher Carol Stuart was at the school to begin co-ordinating the clearup in her final two weeks before retirement.
Forres councillor George Alexander, who taught maths at the school, was saddened to learn of the damage.
He said: “It’s just a great shame when things like this happen. These are facilities provided at the tax-payer’s expense to help develop the young people in our community.
“I don’t know what you do with people with the mentality of causing mindless vandalism such as this.”
It is understood police were alerted to the incident after an alarm was triggered in the school.
Trays were pulled from cupboards in classrooms and left on the ground while high-tech whiteboards were left unusable.
A spokesman for Moray Council said the damage was caused following a break-in on Friday night.
He said: “This is a significant amount of damage – easily into a fivefigure sum.
“Why someone felt compelled to carry out such destruction is beyond our comprehension, but our main task now is to get the school operational in time for the start of the new term on August 13.
“We are confident that the school will be ready.”
Last night, police confirmed a 17-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the incident. He is expected to appear in court at a later date.
“It’s just a great shame when things like this happen”
‘MINDLESS’: Moray Council insists Forres Academy will be ready for the new term after it was wrecked on Friday night
Shattered windows left glass strewn across classroom floors
Broken trays and equipment on the floor of the school’s science lab