Vandals damage classroom at Billerica school
BILLERICA, Mass. (WHDH) -- Vandals caused thousands of dollars worth of damage at a Billerica school, just days before classes are set to begin.
Windows were smashed at the Dutile Elementary School. Police said five kids hurled rocks through them Monday evening, two days before the start of school.
“My son’s actually going to the Dutile tomorrow…so that’s kind of disappointing,” said Mary Cormier, a parent.
“My kids don’t go to that school. If my kid did that they’d be punished for the rest of the year,” said Laurie Molyneaux, a parent.
“It’s unfortunate. We want to have a culture in our schools where these kinds of events shouldn’t occur. Students shouldn’t be thinking about damaging the schools,” said Tim Piwowar, the superintendent of Billerica public schools.
Authorities said a witness called police after seeing the kids break the windows. They were all 12 to 14 years old. Police said an officer caught them in some nearby woods and took them into custody.
The suspects’ parents were called to the police station where police said they discussed how the kids could have to pay for the damage.
“It’s certainly something we will absolutely look at and, again, it’s going to depend on the situation. If the students are identified we want to make sure our district is made whole,” said Piwowar.
Other parents in the town agree the alleged vandals should be held accountable.
Police said it hasn’t been decided if the kids will be charged.