School district wants vandals to pay up
The Kamloops-Thompson school district will seek court-ordered compensation for damage caused by vandals at a number of district buildings during an overnight crime spree last month.
“I don’t know how much we’ll be able to get, but we will be seeking repayment through the courts,” school district assistant superintendent Karl deBruijn told KTW.
In the early-morning hours of March 22, vandals damaged a number of buildings in Brocklehurst — including Kay Bingham elementary and Brock middle school.
Kay Bingham was the hardest hit, with more than 40 windows smashed and an estimated price tag topping $20,000.
DeBruijn said the damage has been repaired and the district has since increased its presence at night in and around certain schools.
School district officials are still debating the installation of additional surveillance cameras.
“We certainly have stepped up our security patrols,” deBruijn said.
“But, the board hasn’t made any decision on increasing surveillance at this time.”
Kamloops Mounties have arrested a number of youth suspects in relation to the vandalism spree, which also saw damage caused to the Kamloops Boys and Girls Club building near Kay Bingham and Brocklehurst Arena.