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Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 21, 2013

Harvest Park break-in case resolved

'They were bragging about what they'd done'

by Glenn Wohltmann

Four students involved in a late May vandalism at Harvest Park Middle School were likely among the five expelled by the school board Tuesday night.

For legal reasons, the district cannot confirm they were the ones involved, but the expulsions were the first disciplinary actions taken by the board since the incident occurred over Memorial Day weekend, sometime between 11:30 a.m. May 24 and 8:15 a.m. May 28.

It could not be confirmed what school the students attended, but the four confessed to the break-in, Pleasanton police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber said.

"The suspects were identified because they were bragging about what they'd done to other students," Schlehuber said. "One of the other students that overheard the suspects bragging about it came forward and notified school administration."

He said school officials brought in one of the students, who confessed to being involved.

"He gave up everyone else," Schlehuber said. "The others were all cooperative and took responsibility for everything that took place."

The damage was not as serious as originally indicated. The district estimated the damage at $25,000.

According to the initial report at the scene, filed by Community Service Officer Teri Steiner, "an unknown suspect entered the secured library and smeared fecal matter on the floor near her front librarian desk, the light fixture above the desk and on her desk chair. There was a 'got homework' book marker with fecal matter stuck to her computer monitor."

That book marker came from a stack of the same book markers located near her desk.

Steiner's report said both the east and north library doors were secured.

"There were no signs of forced entry to the library doors or to the roof hatch. The roof hatch opens to a computer room near the library. The door to the computer room was found propped open using a computer," the report said. "There were no signs of forced entry to the computer room door."

The report notes the library does not have an alarm system or security cameras.

The juveniles also drew a penis on the librarian's desk calendar, according to the report.

Police declined to prosecute the four.

"It's basically juvenile mischief. The elements of vandalism weren't there," Schlehuber said at the time.

No expulsions were on the school board June 4 agenda, although a district official said at the time the four were not allowed back to school for the duration of the year.

After the last school board meeting, Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said, "We're in the discipline process."

The students may have been spotted on their way to the break-in.

During the investigation, a witness told police she was gardening in her front yard and observed male juveniles on bikes inside the courtyard area of the school near the office. The school is secured with a gated fence but in the past, she said, she'd seen juveniles climb over the fence with their bikes.

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Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 5:50 am

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Posted by Charlie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

If I had done that as a young teen, I guess I'd brag about it too. Some of the mischief sounds rather creative. Well, the kids have now gotten a strong dose of community wrath. I wonder if the kids' experiences with the community motivated the way they expressed themselves? In other words, what should we think they were likely protesting? An increasingly disciplinary society? An overbearing relation with institutional adults? The hypocrisy of a society that professes high ideals but so increasingly falls short of acting on such ideals on so many levels? In any event, you can bet they'll be laughing about this madcap antic for years to come.


Posted by A fine example, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

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Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

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Posted by Charlie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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Posted by Rod Billipsen, a resident of Parkside
on Jun 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Yes, I think I see your point Charlie. But what exactly do you think the kids were trying to say? Is the message they're getting from school or family different from the world they see themselves as being part of? Does it relate to being told truth is important when being untruthful is a requirement for success in today's world? Or what?


Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

Hahaha...there was nothing wrong with my last post...classic PW