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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Walney school Head: ‘Vandals could have hurt someone’

A HEADTEACHER says she and her pupils are “saddened” by the actions of vandals who attacked their school.

Part of a paving slab was thrown at the window of the Year Five classroom at South Walney Junior School.

The pane smashed, shattering glass into the classroom and onto the pathway leading to the children’s playground.

Headteacher Jackie Bower said: “It’s come as a bit of a shock. One member of staff, who has been here much longer than I have, says she can’t remember anything like this in about 19 or 20 years. We really feel quite sad about it because we’ve always been very fortunate here.

“We have close links within the community and I think they will be saddened by this as well. The children are upset about it because it’s their school, they really take ownership of it so they can’t understand why anybody would want to damage it.”

The damage from the Friday night incident was discovered by school caretaker Paula Herbert on Monday.

Mrs Bower said: “When Mrs Herbert was inside the classroom, she thought there was a funny shadow behind the blinds and she could hear the traffic louder than normal. When she opened the blinds, there was a great big piece of glass leaning against it.

“We’re very lucky, it was her vigilance that stopped someone getting hurt. I’m just grateful no-one was in the school that evening. That’s the worrying thing, we do use that classroom for nighttime events and someone could have been hurt.”

Police say the smashed pane would cost £200 to replace. But the window frame has also been damaged and the school is waiting to find out if the whole unit needs replacing at a cost of around £1,000.

The school has given police CCTV footage which shows the window being broken just before 9.40pm.

Mrs Bower is appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

She said: “It’s not because we want to get anybody into trouble, we just don’t want it to happen again, to ourselves or anybody else. It would be nice if the people responsible would come forward and maybe put it right in some way.

“I don’t know how likely that is but, in the cold light of day, someone might regret what’s happened.”

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