THE school holidays have only just begun and children as young as eight have been caught damaging school buildings in Kwinana, according to police.
Kwinana officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Rob Read said officers attended two incidents involving minors at Gilmore College on Monday.
At 10.30am, police said they saw four young people on the college grounds.
They allege the group of four were on the roof and aged from 11 to 14 years old.
It was further alleged that the four got into the school through a hole in the fence.
Two of the young people will be summonsed for trespassing and the other two received cautions.
The second incident took place at 1pm and involved three eight-year-olds, according to police.
Staff at the college called police, saying children were on the roof throwing rocks.
Police said they found one of the children on the roof, while the other two were found at their homes.
Snr Sgt Read said windows were smashed at the school.
“As they were under 10 years old they can’t be charged,” he said.
“The best parents can offer is to know where their children are at all times.
“They should not be on school grounds.”
Snr Sgt Read said schools were now all locked up and fenced for a reason.
“The damage costs are all caught up in what we pay in fees and taxes,” he said.
“These incidents can lead to convictions, which can affect the rest of their lives.”
Snr Sgt Read said parents who felt like they had limited control of their children should seek help.
“There are plenty of community organisations that can help out,” he said.