Archive for Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Police suspect students in recent school burglary

July 24, 2002

Police have determined that at least two Tonganoxie Elementary School students were involved in a break-in at the school earlier this month.

The students, both boys, will be sixth-graders next year, according to school Superintendent Richard Erickson.

"It's just too bad," he said. "I'm disappointed that two young men would do something like that. We're trying to handle it consistently with the way we've handled other situations like this and prosecute and follow standard procedures."

During the break-in on the weekend of July 5-6, windows were broken. Chairs were overturned in six classrooms in various locations in the school. Other items crayons, candy and paper towels were scattered in the rooms.

"Things were thrown on the floor, that type of thing," Erickson said. "The glass breakage was the major part of the vandalism."

He said he wasn't sure how much it cost the district to replace the windows.

Police Sgt. John Putthoff said he would forward reports to the Leavenworth County district attorney's office for review to see whether charges would be filed.

Erickson said he doubts the students would be expelled or suspended from school.

"It's summer, it's out of school time, and yet the vandalism does directly affect the school too," he said. "I'd say right now we'll stay the course with prosecution, although that could change. I'll need to visit, though with the principals when they come back from summer break."

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