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SD 71 offers information reward for multiple vandalisms

Multiple vandalisms at schools this year have SD 71 offering a reward for information.

The district says $2,000 will be provided if a report leads to charges or restitution for damages.

They say multiple break-ins happened at École Puntledge Park Elementary in mid-October leaving nine broken windows and other serious damage that had to be immediately repaired.

It’s estimated that the damage will cost thousands of dollars.

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Comox Valley Schools says they are working closely with RCMP to identify those responsible for these incidents and at other schools. The district has some surveillance and digital evidence that is being looked at by police.

Superintendent Tom Demeo says vandalism is becoming more noticeable at community schools.

“It’s sad that people think our schools are places that warrant destruction and defacing,” said Domeo. “The last few years have seen a spike in vandalism in the Comox Valley and this is costing us a significant amount of our funding that should be spent elsewhere.”

The district says they spent more than $30,000 on vandalism and loitering-related costs last year, which is about 50 per cent higher than two years ago.

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Over $20,000 has been spent this year so far.

Anybody with information about vandalism on school property is asked to call RCMP or the district at 250-334-5500.

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