Some of the damage following last night's vandal attack on Ballina High School.
Some of the damage following last night's vandal attack on Ballina High School. Richmond LAC

Windows boarded up, 2 rooms closed after Ballina High attack

UPDATE MONDAY: IT'S school as usual for Ballina High students today following Thursday night's vandalism attack.  

The only difference is that 10 of the classrooms have boarded up windows as glass repairs continue, and one area is still closed off.  

Principal Danny Henman said it was a team effort to get the school ready for regular classes.  

"I've been really encouraged by the response of the students and staff in terms of their determination to keep going as normally as possible, and by the understanding we've had from parents," he said.  

"The support we've had from the Department and local contractors to get the clean-up and repairs underway fast has also been very impressive.  

"We've also had numerous offers of help in terms of resources from other schools and parents."  

Two classrooms, a stairwell and the thoroughfare between A and M blocks remain out of bounds.  

It is too early to give a final damage estimate.  

 

UPDATE FRIDAY 9.50am: A $30,000 vandalism attack on Ballina High School late last night has resulted in the school's closure today.

Richmond LAC Senior Constable David Henderson said at 11.50pm and then 4.45am an unknown person or persons entered the grounds.

"About 50 glass windows have been smashed, affecting eight classrooms," he said.

A Department of Education spokesperson said the clean-up and repairs began first thing this morning.

"Year 11 and Year 12 students were asked to attend as normal," they said.

"The school will operate as normal on Monday, and will be able to host the local government election as planned this weekend."

Police are seeking assistance in locating the offenders.

If anyone saw anything suspicious last night in the vicinity of the school or has some home CCTV that may be of assistance, please contact Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

UPDATE 9.10am: IT IS estimated there is about $30,000 worth of damage following last night's vandalism attack at Ballina High School, according to Richmond LAC police.

Snr Constable David Henderson said a large number of windows were broken overnight.

He said Ballina Police, Lismore Detectives and Forensics are investigating. 

 

UPDATE 8.40am: POLICE from Richmond Local Area Command have confirmed a malicious damage incident occurred at Ballina High School overnight.

 

FRIDAY 8am: IT HAS been reported that Ballina High School will be closed today due to vandalism. 

One parent posted on a community Facebook page that she received a message from the school this morning with the notice.

The parent believes there is broken glass on campus grounds posing a danger to children. 


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