Young vandals caught on video

Monday November 13, 2017 Written by Published in Local
A mess was made by the vandals who attacked Apii Te Uki Ou pre-school, with student’s artwork ripped and thrown on the ground. 17110921 A mess was made by the vandals who attacked Apii Te Uki Ou pre-school, with student’s artwork ripped and thrown on the ground. 17110921

A group of children have been caught on video vandalising Apii Te Uki Ou pre-school on Wednesday evening.

 

A parent collecting their child’s school bag, found the pre-school’s property left in complete disarray.

School principal Michelle Irving said the parent phoned the school, and the school contacted the police.

“It was a real mess. We know it was children, because we have them caught on our camera.

“We don’t know who they are yet, but they are not students from our school.”

Irving said the incident happened between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesday evening, when a team was playing on the Turangi cricket field.

The video captures around five or six children climbing the pre-school fence, playing basketball on the school’s mini-court, and vandalising the property.

“They tipped red paint over the floor and walked through it. They ripped the pre-schoolers paintings, and threw them on the ground,” said Irving.

“Lots of equipment and resources were tipped over and were thrown on the floor.

“They didn’t take anything, but they sure left a big mess,” she said.

Irving thinks the youngsters were there for at least 40 minutes.

“They also filled up bags with paint and tipped it on our concrete slab where the students play.”

The police visited the scene on Wednesday night and returned the next morning when the school discovered evidence of who had caused the damage on their school cameras.

Irving said the pre-school closed for the morning until 10:30 so the mess could be cleaned up.

“We didn’t want our pre-schoolers to see their work all over the ground.

“So we spent the first few hours of school cleaning it up.”

Irving said the next step would be to try to identify the children.

The Cook Islands Police Service has also dealt with several other vandalism cases this month.

Cook Islands Investment Corporation, the Office of the Prime Minister, Maritime Police at Avatiu and a Te Aponga Uira transformer have been among targets of the vandals dubbed “Valley Boyz”.

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