West Linn

Vandals smash students' pumpkins at two West Linn schools

Vandals smash students' pumpkins at two West Linn schools
Someone smashed jack-o-lanterns carved by students at two West Linn schools overnight. (Photo courtesy of Three Rivers Charter School)

WEST LINN, Ore. – West Linn police are looking for suspects after a pumpkin-smashing spree Monday night.

Dozens of jack-o-lanterns carved by students at Bolton Primary school and Three Rivers Charter School were destroyed. Neither school was damaged, police said.

Police said the vandalism is not a prank. They consider it criminal activity.

“When I came to school and saw it just destroyed, I was completely just devastated,” said student Haley Rybarczy. “It was just pretty shocking that someone would come and destroy everyone’s hard work.”

“I was just really surprised that someone would just come and smash it,” said student Charlotte Harding. “I don’t know why they would do it.”

The vandalism also included slashed Halloween yard decorations and at least one damaged car, which police believe was caused by a thrown pumpkin.

A white four-door sedan, possibly a Honda, with three teens inside was seen leaving one of the schools overnight, police said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Detective Mike Francis at 503-655-6214.