Eastern Hills SHS: overnight vandalism forces closure of school

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VANDALS smashed windows, damaged computers and flooded buildings at Eastern Hills Senior High School in Mt Helena overnight, forcing the school to ask parents to make alternative arrangements for their children where possible.

Mundaring Police Officer in Charge Jeff Taylor estimated the damage “to be in the thousands”.

“The gymnasium was flooded, presumably by the use of fire hoses and at least 220 windows smashed,” he said.

Midland Detectives said vandals damaged the school between 11pm last night and 12.30am today.

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Police would like to speak with anyone who was near the school around the time of the incident and who may have seen suspicious activity by people or vehicles in the area.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report the information online.

A police spokesman said the school was still open for students whose parents were unable to make alternative arrangements.

“School activities will however be impacted,” he said.

Department of Education executive director North Metropolitan Jim Webb said the damage to the school was extensive.

“Vandalism of this scale is highly unusual and is upsetting for the whole school community who are very proud of their school,” he said.

“Eastern Hills Senior High School quickly acted to notify parents of the damage and is continuing to run classes for around 50 students today.

“All damaged areas of the school are cordoned off and police and a forensic team have attended the site.”

Repair work is under way with normal classes expected to resume on Monday.