Thousands of dollars worth of damage done to Grand Forks elementary school

Ben Franklin Elementary School in Grand Forks.
Ben Franklin Elementary School in Grand Forks.(Grand Forks School District)
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 12:04 PM CDT
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Grand Forks Police say they are investigating vandalism at Ben Franklin Elementary School.

Police say sometime Saturday night, at least six windows, including a window in a door, were damaged. Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner says some of the windows damaged were in the courtyard area, which means the person or people involved in the vandalism had to gain access to the roof of the school.

Mark Sanford with the district adds, those involved were able to scale up some piping on the building and drop into the courtyard. Sanford says rocks, a cinder block and the poles used to hold up a volleyball net were used to damage the windows.

Sanford says they are in the process of installing new security cameras, so surveillance video or pictures are not available. Dr. Brenner says the windows have been boarded up until they can get them replaced.

Damage to the school is estimated at about $3,000-$5,000. Police say the offenses of Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass were committed in this case. If you have any information on the people involved, you are asked to call police and leave your tip.

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