ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was not an experiment gone wrong in the science building at Wilson Middle School in Albuquerque, it was the destruction of vandals. Custodians made the discovery on Tuesday afternoon of paint splattered everywhere, even poured on computers, and expensive equipment completely ruined. It’s believed that the vandals entered the building through the roof.
“Pretty much trashed and broke as much as they could,” said Albuquerque Public Schools Executive Director of Operations John Dufay.
Dufay says early estimates of the damage could be anywhere from $75,000 to $85,000. To pay for these costs, the district has to dip into it’s operational budget. With three other schools vandalized in the last six months, APS has incurred nearly $300,000 in damages. That’s near the total paid out for the entire last school year.
In the latest case, APS says there are no leads on suspects and inventory is still being conducted to see if anything was stolen. Surveillance camera footage is also being looked at as part of the investigation.
Administrators hope to have the entire mess cleaned up by the time students return on January 4.