Mountainview Elementary School parents were greeted with a voicemail Thursday morning informing them of a break-in on campus believed to have occurred the night before.
The school’s library, lower computer lab and various classrooms were broken into, with the computer room suffering the most damage. Wires were cut through the main server, liquid poured on computers and laptops were destroyed.
“The IT Department has been working on getting us back online,” said Principal Katie Demsher. “That was a big part of the morning – getting our computers back up.”
Window screens were also damaged and an unused classroom was vandalized. Books in the library were thrown around and bookcases were toppled over. School officials believe damages are well into the thousands.
A handful of parents came to the library Thursday morning to help with the clean up.
A report was filed with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, who were on campus to assess the situation.
The school has asked parents to be vigilant of videos and photos, especially on social media.
“Often these things get posted by vandals who feel great joy sharing their destruction of places as beautiful as our Mountainview Elementary School,” said Demscher on the voicemail to parents.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.