School trashed in ‘mind­less’ at­tack

Crime: Coun­cil re­veals cost of dam­age to academy could reach more than £10,000

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID MACKAY

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

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