Vandals cause nearly $85K worth of damage at Albuquerque middle school

Wilson middle school vandals

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.

Wilson middle school vandals

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. 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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