Vandals attack Gympie school

Vandals caused a large amount of damage during a destructive rampage at Gympie South State School.
Vandals caused a large amount of damage during a destructive rampage at Gympie South State School. David Crossley

POINTLESS and disheartening is how Peter Knowles summed up the mindless destruction inflicted on the Gympie South State School sometime on Saturday or early Sunday morning.

Mr Knowles, president of Gympie South Parents and Citizens Association, said he discovered the vandalism when he arrived at the school for the Sunday markets.

“As far as we know, they were in there sometime on Saturday afternoon,” he said.

The vandals broke windows in the resource centre, toilet and canteen, smashed a computer, knocked over library shelves, stole goods and left behind a horrible mess, Mr Knowles said.

School staff spent all Sunday cleaning up the wanton destruction.

“We helped out in the afternoon,” he said.

“The principal and the librarian spent all day putting it back in order – it was such a mess.”

He said carpets, littered with broken glass, had to be cleaned and windows replaced.

“It all takes a lot of time and effort. When something like this happens it’s just pointless, ridiculous and very disappointing.

“The amount of work that teachers and the P and C have put into it to make it so nice – it is very disheartening,” Mr Knowles said.

Earlier this month, the Gympie Football Club was targeted twice by a group of vandals who caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to the clubhouse.

The culprits were located on Saturday, June 19 after one of the offending juveniles smashed a window of a St Vincent’s delivery truck and was identified by police as one of the offenders on CCTV footage taken from the football club.

Police are currently investigating the vandalism at Gympie South State School.

If you have any information about this incident please call Gympie Police Station on 5480 1111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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