Boys Charged After Kalgoorlie High School Trashed
Three 13-year-old boys have been charged after a high school in Kalgoorlie was trashed, just hours after the first stage of a $45 million redevelopment was unveiled.
Education Minister Peter Collier opened the facilities, including 24 brand-new classrooms at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School on Friday.
That very night, vandals broke in leaving a trail of destruction.
"They were on a mission. I cannot understand how anyone can get gratification out of causing such comprehensive damage,” Mr Collier told 6PR on Monday morning.
"Most of the windows were broken, they took the fire hydrants out and they were used right throughout the buildings.
"They took the wiring out of the ceilings, pulled desks out and done an enormous amount of structural damage inside.
"There is not a classroom that has been left untouched".
That same weekend, around 11pm on Saturday, police were called to Kalgoorlie’s local Target store after being alerted to people trying to smash open the front door.
They were told the group had been unsuccessful and climbed onto the roof.
Police rushed to the store, arresting two teenagers in the car park while two others fled from the roof to a nearby construction site.
Police dog Storm tracked a scent to an area under a building within the site and was let off his leash after officers shouted out a warning and received no response.
One boy was detained by Storm, who bit the child's face and buttock/thigh area, while another 13-year-old boy surrendered himself.
The injured teen was taken to Kalgoorlie Hospital for treatment.
Police say they found items linking the children to the break-in and vandalism at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School and also at Eastern Goldfields College.
A 10-year-old boy who was with the trio has been charged with aggravated burglary and stealing, and has been released into the care of a responsible adult, police say.
Collectively, the four youths face 21 charges.
An education department spokeswoman said damage at Eastern Goldfields College was minor and school would continue as normal on Monday.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, however, will be closed for repairs on Monday and possibly Tuesday.
Regional executive director of the Goldfields region, Ken Perris, asked parents of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School students to keep their children at home and wait for further instructions.
"The school principal and staff are working extremely hard to get the school back up and running as soon as possible," he said.
Pic credit: WA Education Department