Vandals cause widespread damage at Astoria school

Vandals cause widespread damage at Astoria school
Posters and art projects were torn from the walls of Astoria Middle School. Police said the suspects also poured garbage and other liquids on the floors. (Photo by Astoria Police)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Police said at least 12 people went on a vandalism spree at Astoria Middle School over the weekend.

Nine people have admitted their involvement to police. Only one of them is older than 18, police say.

The vandalism was first reported to police on Saturday. School staff had to come in over the weekend to get the school ready for students on Monday morning. A damage estimate is unclear.

The damage was significant and widespread, according to police. It included:

 

  • Comments about drug use, sexual orientation of staff and students, descriptions of sex acts and drawings of genitals on walls, floors, bulletin boards and instruments
  • Fire extinguishers discharged in the band room
  • Papers and unknown liquids spread across the floors in several parts of the school
  • Student art projects torn down and vandalized
  • Doors broken and bent
  • Food stolen from the school food cart
  • Lockers broken into
  • Garbage dumped into the hallways
  • Bicycle wheel markings on the floors

Several school instruments were damaged. At least one will have to be replaced, police said.

The suspects face second-degree burglary charges because the school was closed when the vandalism occurred, police said.

Anyone with information on the burglary and vandalism is asked to call School Resource Officer Matt Clausen at 503-325-4411.