School cleaner Carol Long burst into tears after discovering the wanton vandalism in one of the classrooms at South Grafton P
School cleaner Carol Long burst into tears after discovering the wanton vandalism in one of the classrooms at South Grafton P

Mindless vandals strike at school

By EMMA CORNFORD

WHEN Carol Long walked into the infants' classroom at South Grafton Public School at around 6.10am yesterday, she burst into tears.

Instead of the spotless classroom filled with colourful student work which she had cleaned the day before, the room was a wreck thanks to the actions of vandals during the night.

Paint was splattered over the carpet and blackboard, desks and chairs had been thrown across the room and childrens' schoolwork was strewn, ripped and ruined, all over the floor.

"It's disgusting. All the kids' work is ruined," Ms Long said.

"I'm in shock that someone could come in here and do that. I mean they didn't take anything, they just destroyed everything for no reason."

The teacher whose classroom was trashed, Melissa Berry, said it was 'heartbreaking'.

"I'm still in shock," she said, surveying the damage to her once pristine classroom.

"I've never seen this before thank goodness, but ... it's pretty much all of their work for the year."

Ms Long said it was the second time the vandals had struck in a week.

On Monday they ripped the screens off another room to break in, but did not steal or ruin anything.

"Why do they do this? I just don't understand," she said.

"It's just such a waste and I don't understand what's going through their minds to do this kind of thing."



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