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Kids age 8-10 caused thousands of dollars in damage to exterior of Memorial HS: Police

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Police are recommending a slew of charges against four kids accused of vandalizing Memorial High School over the weekend.

Police say the suspected vandals are between 8-years-old and 10-years-old.

Police told News 18 the kids were seen on the roof of the school Sunday night.

After investigating, police found green graffiti sprayed on an area of the school and on construction equipment. They also found several broken bricks.

Police suspect the children also tried to start several fires around the school grounds, spilled cement on some equipment, and even removed birds from surrounding bird houses and killed them.

Officers said it is likely they used construction equipment to get on the roof.

“The consequences those juveniles receive are up to their parents and the court system. However, with the damage being in the thousands of dollars, likely there’s going to have to be some repayment of that,” said Officer Bridget Coit.

They have been referred to juvenile court for criminal damage to property, negligent handling of fire materials and trespassing.

It is up to the construction companies to decide if they want to press their own charges for their damaged equipment.

Eau Claire Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck issued the following statement:

“This weekend, Eau Claire Police Department informed the school district that four youth were apprehended for their alleged role in vandalism at Memorial High School. The incident in question took place Sunday evening.

While we cannot provide any additional information at this time due to the ongoing investigation, we would like to thank the ECPD for its work in responding to this incident. We are fortunate to have such a strong partnership and good working relationship with our local police department.

We also want to remind all children and families the importance of making good choices and engaging in responsible behavior, during the school year and over summer break.”

 

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