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 yesterday.
At 10.30am, police claim they observed 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 members at the College called police with claims the children were on the roof throwing rocks.
Police said they found one of them on the roof, while the other two were found at their home address.
Snr Sgt Read said windows were smashed at the school.
“As they were under ten-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 are 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 feel like they have limited control of their children should seek help.
“There are plenty of community organisations that can help out,” he said.
Community Engagement Officer Sgt Paul Trimble recently asked members of the community to keep an eye on local schools during the school holidays.
“We often see schools being targeted (during school holidays) so we are asking residents who live near schools to be our eyes and ears by keeping lookout for anyone entering school grounds,” he said.
“If you see anything suspicious or hear noises such as banging or glass breaking at anytime of the day from the direction of a school, please give us a call so we can send a patrol vehicle to attend.”
Sgt Trimble said young people often get into trouble by keeping bad company during the school holidays.
“This results in them coming to the attention of police,” he said.
“If you are a parent of a young person speak to them about the consequences of the choices they make and also the company they keep.
“Giving them boundaries with regards to where and what times they go out can also stop young people from getting into situations that may affect their future.”