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Classes moved after vandals smash dozen windows at Lyneham High

Lachlan Roberts 21 May 2019
Lyneham High

Year 10 students have been relocated as a result of the vandalism. Photos: George Tsotsos.

At least a dozen windows have been smashed and classrooms have suffered water damage after another act of vandalism at a Canberra school on Saturday night (18 May).

Year 10 students and staff from Lyneham High School have been relocated to Dickson College for the remainder of the week after the school suffered a “serious act of vandalism”, the Education Directorate said.

ACT Policing are investigating the incident which they believe occurred between 9:15 pm on Saturday and 1 pm the following day.

An Education Directorate spokesperson said the directorate was working with the school to repair the damage and improve security.

“The ACT Government encourages all Canberrans to view their local public schools as community assets to be proud of and not seek to vandalise or damage these facilities in any way,” the spokesperson said.

“The Education Directorate is working closely with the school not only in repairing the damage caused by this incident, but also generally in looking at strengthening measures to minimise this reoccurring.”

The incident is the latest in a string of vandalism attacks on Canberra schools this year, including an incident where offenders used a tractor to damage to the artificial turf field, perimeter fence panels and large bags of rubber compound at Gold Creek Primary School.

Last week a school took to social media to help track down three people who smashed windows and glass doors at St John Paul II College in Nicholls on 11 May.

Anyone who may have any information that could assist police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6397946. Information can be provided anonymously.


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