Parents outraged at glass shards hidden in kindy playground
A SUNSHINE Coast kindergarten is turning to the community for support after its playground was laced with shards of glass in what has been described as a sickening joke.
Staff at the community kindergarten arrived at the weekend to find jagged pieces of glass buried at the base of the slippery slide and at the play equipment landing areas.
Parents at the centre have been advised of the incident and are also outraged.
Staff, however, did not want the centre named.
Community kindergartens rely on grants and community funding to maintain infrastructure and resources.
The targeted kindergart-en's president, Megan Crowhurst, said surveillance cameras were now an urgent necessity to prevent any further incidents.
This was the first time the centre has been targeted, but Mrs Crowhurst said it was not worth taking any chances.
"The weekend directors are so diligent and luckily spotted the glass sticking out of the soft fall bark playground as they were setting up for the day," she said.
"The glass was put in areas where it would do maximum harm at the bottom of the slide and at the base where kids jump off.
"This was an intention to hurt the kids. Who would want to hurt kids intentionally?
"This is just stomach churning ... just disgusting."
A police spokesman said there had been reports in the past of broken glass at public playgrounds, but he had not heard of a private centre being targeted.
He suggested the kindergarten also pursue trespass charges.
The centre directors believe video surveillance would be crucial in stopping any further incidents, but with funds tight they are looking towards the community for support.
"Video surveillance is a matter of urgency," Mrs Crowhurst said.
"This has never happened before but who knows what will happen in the future?
"All our money is raised through grants and raffles and many of the parents help with fundraising so we are all just so angry about this."
Contact the Daily on 5430 8081 if you want to assist the centre.