School's vandalism 'shock'
A school community refuses to be riled after an "unusual" attack of vandalism.
Students and staff from Mt Roskill Grammar School were astounded last week to discover broken windows, damaged trees and classrooms defaced with obscenities.
The destruction is believed to have taken place in the early hours of last Friday morning, principal Greg Watson says.
"It's most unusual for the school to have serious vandalism like this.
"I think, along with everyone, I had a feeling of shock and disbelief and I think that comes from the fact that vandalism is just not fitting with our school values," he says.
Most of the damage was cleaned up quickly after it was discovered.
Three of the school buildings were covered with black spraypainted words, including one message that read: "I'll be back".
The culprits have not yet been found, but Mr Watson says the school is not specifically concerned with the threat.
"But one is always vigilant when it comes to school property," he says.
"We have had increased overnight security on occasions to make sure things are ok."
While the walls and windows have been promptly repaired, there was a longer-lasting attempt to crush the school's spirit.
Trees planted earlier this year for the school's 60th jubilee were chopped down.
However, the students have already stepped up to help replace them.
"Our students have been excellent in terms of getting on with their learning and also organising fundraisers to help replace the trees.
"I believe they have raised around $1500 already," Mr Watson says.
Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact Auckland police on 302 6400.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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