Attack on Coast school causes $20,000 damage
A COAST school has been left shattered by a group of young vandals.
The youths have caused more than $20,000 in damage to Mooloolaba State Primary School.
School business manager Julie Noonan said 26 windows had been smashed over the past three weeks, resulting in the hefty repair bill.
Despite Mrs Noonan's efforts to repair the windows and deter the vandals, they continue to come back and she's at breaking point.
"I know it's three young kids as we have seen video footage of them. Unfortunately it's not good enough to pinpoint them though," she said.
"I believe they're aged between 12 and 14 and they are using a baseball bat.
"The more windows we board up the more that they break. It's just a crying shame. There's a lot of love, blood, sweat and tears put in to the school and for them just to vandalise it like this, it's so disheartening."
The vandals are targeting the windows to the multi-purpose room, which was now in a state Mrs Noonan believes was too unsafe to be used.
"The carpet will have to be ripped up because there is just fine glass everywhere," she said.
"We won't be able to use it for the kids next year until the carpet is replaced and it is cleaned thoroughly."
Mrs Noonan said the school could not afford to fix the damage and they would be looking for help from the department.
"We are up to $20,000 in damage now, with replacing carpets, security, the clean-up and fixing windows," she said.
The school is now calling on help from the public to help catch the offenders.
"If anyone sees anything please report it," Mrs Noonan said.
"We have security and the Police Beat are checking in but they can't be there all night. It's just a matter of being vigilant.
"The parents need to be responsible as well."
Report a crime or suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crime stoppers.com.au.