KHS and KMS Hit by Vandalism


Diana Gish/KMXT

An investigation of vandalism at Kodiak high school and middle school has led to one juvenile male being taken into custody. Kodiak police continue to look for more suspects in the incident that resulted in damage to both schools over the weekend.

Early Sunday morning Kodiak Police were called to the two adjacent schools to investigate a burglary and vandalism. Investigation by the officers determined that entry was made to the Middle school hours before the crimes were discovered. According to a police report, the suspect, or suspects, broke windows and damaged school computers and musical instruments. Several fire extinguishers were discharged in the high school and the school security cameras and monitoring system were also targeted. The preliminary damage estimate provided by the school district is $75,000.

The investigation is ongoing and more information on the case may be released today.

A small fleet of Kodiak police cars were parked at the high school Sunday morning and crime scene tape was draped across the front entrance of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. Signs at the door of the high school announced that all weekend activities at KHS were cancelled. Some district administrators and staff entered the high school but did not comment about the situation.

On Sunday afternoon, Superintendent Stewart McDonald gave an overview of the situation.

(Schools 1 "It looked like … start school Monday."

Because of the investigation, McDonald didn’t offer more details about the damage.

He said that security at the school has been an on-going struggle because of the design and some unfortunate habits.

(Schools 2 "So we don’t … have to determine.")

As far as the cost of repairs, McDonald thinks that insurance will cover most of the expense.

(Schools 3 "Good news is … that’s all.")

According to the superintendent, district maintenance staff worked overtime to put things back in order. And if McDonald sounds surprisingly upbeat, that’s because of the choice he’s made.

(Schools 4 "The thing is … things for kids.")

Again, to re-cap, the Kodiak Police Department has taken one juvenile male into custody and are continuing to investigate vandalism that took place at the high school and middle school over the weekend.

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