School officials say some damage may have been accidental

by: PETER BAUER - The visiting side bleachers at Tigard High School after Friday's 41-0 victory against Tualatin.The visitor-side bleachers at Tigard High School are used to rowdy crowds, but Tigard-Tualatin School District is looking into how 13 aluminum benches were badly damaged during Friday’s homecoming football game against Tualatin High School.

Tigard beat Tualatin 41-0 to claim first place in the Pacific Conference standings.

Tualatin — Tigard’s longtime rival — had a large contingent in the stands to support the Timberwolves during the high-spirited game.

It's unknown how much it will cost to replace the destroyed risers, said district spokeswoman Susan Stark Haydon. However, temporary bleachers will be in place for Thursday night's varsity football game against Hillsboro, and the district is looking into options for a permanent replacement.

Administrators at both schools are looking into the vandalism, Stark Haydon said.

"We are still talking to students to figure out what happened," Stark Haydon said. "But I think initially some were broken by accident, and it looks like others weren't."

The incident has been the talk of Tualatin High School this week as reports of the damage were reported by the local media.

No disciplinary action has yet been taken because it is difficult to determine exactly who is responsible for the damage, Stark Haydon said.

"The problem is that there were a massive amount of people there, and not everybody in those stands was doing that," Stark Haydon said. "It's hard to figure out who is responsible."

No police report has yet been filed, said Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf.

Student leaders at Tualatin High School are reportedly planning some way to make up for the damage, Stark Haydon said.

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