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Warner Springs - Arrests Made, High School Vandalism


Last updated 5/16/2016 at 1:33pm

The San Diego Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday that four students from the school have been arrested in connection with severe vandalism at Warner Springs High School.

The K-12 campus was forced to close for one-week following the mindless act of vandalism which allegedly occurred between Sunday, May 1, and Tuesday, May 3, following a school maintenance worker discovering the damage

Three males and one female, all 16 and 17 years old, are suspected of defacing the campus according to sheriff's Sgt. Carlos Medina in a press release.

"Some of the defacement included broken windows, graffiti and fire extinguisher material discharged inside the buildings," Medina said. "Repairs and restoration costs are estimated at more than $40,000."

The Warner Unified School District, which serves roughly 300 students from the Santa Ysabel and Los Coyotes reservations, reopened the campus Monday. According to an update posted on the district's website, many parents and community members offered to help with campus clean-up; however, due to the nature of the damage and debris, a professional cleaning company was hired.

"We really appreciate the offers of help from everyone ... The entire staff is touched by your support and outreach, and it gives us great comfort during this difficult time," the statement read. "We are discussing options with the San Diego County Office of Education regarding make-up days or a possible waiver from the state. We will keep you posted of our progress."

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