Vandals run amok

Riverton Primary School principal Paul Grundy inspects the damage. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d423740
Riverton Primary School principal Paul Grundy inspects the damage. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d423740

Mr Grundy said the offenders took a bobcat and excavator from a construction site at the school and attempted to drive them on July 25.

‘The excavator was used to do some doughnuts on the small area of the oval and the construction site before driving the excavator to the covered assembly area, where they used it to knock over a section of one of the assembly area brick walls,’ Mr Grundy said.

The brick wall had a mural on the inside that students created in 2010.

‘Having driven through the hole in the wall, the offenders then dug a hole in the adjacent playground and dug a small piece of lawn,’ Mr Grundy said. When the offenders smashed the science room door with the excavator, alarms were activated. It was about 11pm when police were called out to the Corinthian Road East school.

Mr Grundy said no rooms were touched and no items stolen, but the more than 600 students who attended the school were disappointed.

‘It sets a poor example for the students,’ he said. ‘The children were upset that someone would do something like that to their school.’

A WA Police spokeswoman said the damage was estimated to be in excess of $10,000. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The excavator and bobcat were at the school because a new early childhood centre with new classrooms and play areas is being installed.