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Vandals target Durham Elementary for second time

SUBMITTED - Vandals have targeted Durham Elementary School twice in the past two weeks. This photo, taken June 28, shows food and other items scattered across the floor. It's believed middle school students broke into the building a second time last week to cause more mischief.The Tigard-Tualatin School District is asking for the public's help after Durham Elementary School was broken into for the second time in two weeks.

According to Susan Stark Haydon, a spokeswoman with the district, someone broke into the school, located at 7980 S.W. Durham Road, at about 2 a.m. Friday.

The vandals sprayed shaving cream on the floor and on some computers.

Shaving cream is often used by teachers to clean desks, Stark Haydon wrote in a letter to parents

The vandals entered through a door in the cafeteria, Stark Haydon said, which triggered the school's alarm system.

Three children, at least middle school age or older, were seen fleeing the school when security officers arrived.

Stark Haydon said that the mess was cleaned up and none of the computers appear to have been damaged.

This is the second time that children have broken into the school during the summer.

In late June, someone — believed to be school children — broke into the school and spilled food, glitter and other items on the floor across the building.

Stark Haydon said that in response to the recent break-ins, the building would be re-keyed and all electronic key cards issued to staff would be de-activated and re-issued.

The school is not currently equipped with security cameras, but Stark Haydon said that cameras will be installed.

The district is asking for the community’s help in identifying those responsible. Anyone with information should contact the school's principal, Rhett Boudreau, at 503-431-4508, or the district's operations manager, Phil Wentz, at 503-431-4017.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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