Special needs kids saddened by thefts

Castlereagh School student Joseph Zagari with teacher aid Paul Hitt. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d406956
Castlereagh School student Joseph Zagari with teacher aid Paul Hitt. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d406956

Principal Bob Meenan said it was a serious offence to break into school grounds and warned that he planned to go to the police to try to stop it happening again.

‘Castlereagh is a school for special needs children and we have 70 students,’ Mr Meenan said.

‘We run a horticulture program and as part of that, we keep some chickens.

‘The students hatched and raised the hens from the egg and they are rostered to feed them and collect the eggs.

‘We have lost two chickens and it has really had an impact on the kids and the program, not to mention the cost of fixing the damaged fence.

‘It isn’t the biggest crime but I will go to the police because we don’t want it to happen again.’

Mr Meenan said the first incident was a few weeks ago, when thieves stole one of the four chickens.

The situation escalated last Tuesday night when someone used wire cutters to break into the chicken coop and allowed all the chickens to get out.

‘In the morning, all the chickens were missing but we managed to find all but one.’

Mr Meenan said anyone with information could phone the school on 9332 3000.