Vandals Strike New Valley Center High School

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Police are trying to catch the vandals who caused thousands of dollars in damage to the brand new Valley Center High School. The first day of school is scheduled for August 12 and administrators say the issue shouldn't cause a delay.

Residents approved a multi-million dollar bond issue in 2008 to build the new school. Surveillance video captured the pair terrorizing the grounds early Tuesday morning.

The most visible damage is on the football fields. The goal posts are in shambles and shattered glass lays all over the fields.

The inside of the new high school looks spotless, but on the outside, it's a much different picture.

"It kinda makes me sick, honestly," said Jesse Ingle, who graduated from Valley Center two years ago. "Why do that? There's no reason."

The damage is estimated to be at least $46,000. The vandals are seen on surveillance video getting onto the property and running rampant in the early morning hours Tuesday.

"We see two males and it's hard to tell the age, but two males showed up at approximately 2:00 in the morning riding on a moped," said Superintendent Scott Springston.

The pair jumped in a contractor's pickup and drove it all over the football field and eventually into the pasture. When they got the truck stuck in the mud, they went to a nearby front-end loader and began flipping the pickup over and over.

"The kids that did it... well, I can't say that. i have no idea who did it," Ingle said in disgust. "But they're not going to be paying for it directly. It just affects everybody."

"I don't understand why somebody would do something like this," Superintendent Springston said. "It's senseless and it's a waste because whether or not taxpayers are paying, ultimately, they will through fees that we assess or contractors assess."

Seven young trees were destroyed, along with the glass bashed out of the construction equipment.

"It's senseless and it's taken a lot of people's time and money away from more important things to do," said Springston.

If you have any information as to who might have done this, call Crimestoppers at 267-2111. You'll be eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest or conviction and nobody will ever ask your name.

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