Boozy vandals wreck school playground
Apr 29 2009 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND VANDALISM
VANDALS high on drugs and booze are repeatedly wreaking havoc at a Huddersfield school.
Children have been left shocked after arriving at Highburton First School to find drug paraphernalia, smashed bottles and empty beer cans littering the school grounds.
Youths have also been caught on CCTV ripping up flowers and vegetables planted by the children.
Headteacher Lynne Rutter said: “It’s horrible and it has escalated.
“They are spoiling the school premises.
“It’s just wanton, senseless damage.”
Matters came to a head on Friday when the school caretaker arrived to find empty milk bottles smashed and strewn across the car park from the night before.
Daffodils had been ripped out of a flowerbed and potatoes had been torn up and scattered.
The last incident was on Saturday night when youths were spotted on the school grounds.
Mrs Rutter added: “What has been most distressing is the drug taking that has been going on.
“Empty cannabis packets and cigarette papers have been found and there is evidence of people rolling their own joints.
“The children are shocked and upset. They can’t comprehend why anyone would want to do something like this.”
Letters have been sent to parents to tell them about the problems and ask for help in catching the vandals.
Assemblies have been held to teach the children about respect for the environment and other people.