Vandals damage Westlake's new high school building

12:58 AM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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WESTLAKE -- A reward is being offered to help track down vandals who broke into the new Westlake High School building and caused damage.

According to a release from Westlake Schools, the break-in and vandalism occurred on Saturday, August 17.

The vandals discharged at least nine fire extinguishers and tipped over buckets of water and glue in the cafeteria, media center, academic wings and auxiliary gymnasium. 

Principal Timothy Freeman said, "We have a building ready to open and here at the 11th hour to have a group of individuals go in and do that kind of damage is frustrating and unfortunate."

Construction workers discovered the damage on August 18 and reported it to the district and police.

According to the district's release, three distinctive and easily identifiable shoe treads were identified the scene. Turner Construction and Westlake Schools officials are working with insurance investigators to assess the damages.

The school is scheduled to open to faculty and staff next Wednesday and the first day for students is slated for September 4th.

Freeman said that everything will still open on time.

Westlake Schools is offering a reward for any information that leads to the identities of the vandals. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Westlake Schools Safety Line at 440.250.1199 or the Westlake Police Department.


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