Pleasanton Middle School officials have found the parties responsible for vandalizing the campus twice last week, following an internal investigation.
The identities of the “suspected responsible juveniles” have not been released due to their age, nor how many individuals were involved in the destruction of school property.
On May 14 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., several unnamed culprits snuck into Pleasanton Middle School and vandalized the campus, causing "heavy damage," according to school administrators. A “similar display of vandalism” also took place on May 11 on campus.
A crime report was filed with the Pleasanton Police Department, which told the Weekly that “school administrators are handling the vandalism investigation at this point.”
“Our priority at Pleasanton Middle School is to maintain a safe environment for our students and staff,” said school administrators in an email to the campus community. “We are aware of the individuals involved in the vandalism and are in the process of concluding our investigation.”
No estimate is available yet for repairing the damage, but school officials said the vandals “destroyed custodian tools, overturned and cracked our cement garbage receptacles, smashed announcement speakers, and caused heavy damage to our beloved school garden,” including tearing up plants and drip irrigation systems from the ground, slashing shade umbrellas and ruining student artwork.
Photos on social media also showed items thrown up on the roof of one of the buildings, a damaged fan and PA speaker, overturned picnic tables, and piles of paper strewn outside. “This disturbing behavior is unacceptable and truly disheartening,” said the Pleasanton Middle School PTSA.
“A number of individuals did come forward” in the following days about the vandalism, according to district spokesperson Patrick Gannon, who added that “the school and Pleasanton Middle School PTSA has had an outpouring of support from the school and community, which has been wonderful.”
The PTSA is currently organizing a fundraiser to assist with the repairs; an announcement about the event will be made soon.