Students vandalize staff vehicles

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two Manzano Mesa Elementary school students are in trouble for chucking rocks at cars in the school parking lot during school.

The district says it’s not up to them to pay for the damage, but one employee feels otherwise.

According to a police report, at least one student admitted to it all. But now seven vehicles belonging to school staff need repairs.

Two students were suspended for three days.

“I think it was very disrespectful to the cars that they hit and stuff,” said student Leilani Lerttham.

According to a police report, two Albuquerque third graders were caught throwing rocks during recess at the cars. Police say one student even scratched the paint of a car with a rock.

The kids were on the playground during school hours and at least one staff member is questioning if the school should pay for the damages because the kids were under the care of school staff.

A district spokesperson says “there are no allegations that the school is responsible for any damage. It’s the responsibility of the students who performed the acts and the parents.”

In the email, the concerned staff member says the damage is bad – $3,000 worth – for one person.

KRQE News 13 got mixed reactions from parents as to who they think should pay.

“The school is responsible for them while they’re here, but their parents are responsible for them overall,” said parent Kara Lavender.

Another parent, Maxine Abeyta, said, “You know, that’s a tough one – I would have to think about that.”

The police report states as soon as a teacher saw what was happening, he stopped the students.

KRQE News 13 asked the district how the victims could get information to contact the student’s parents. Chavez said if they want to contact the school, they should be able to get that information.

The district says none of the victims have made any claims against APS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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