RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — The search is underway for the individuals responsible for trashing and ransacking a classroom at a middle school in Riverside.
The incident at Wells Middle School on Wells Avenue happened over the weekend.
A photograph posted online showed the aftermath, including overturned desks, piles of paper and other materials strewn everywhere, and ripped down ceiling tiles.
“It makes me sick,” said a father of student who attends the school. “People have no respect. Period.”
The superintendent said the classroom vandalized is mostly used for science classes but also serves as a multi-purpose room.
He says the district is still assessing the damage and it’s not clear how much was stolen or destroyed.
The crime has some at the school worried about safety.
“I’m scared for my child. There has to be security here. I’m afraid right now,” Lydia Leon, a parent, said.
Javier Hernandez, another parent, said: “The kids need all these materials to learn, to get ahead in life, but that’s really sad.”
Police say the suspects likely broke in through a window and even though an alarm was tripped, it wasn’t until Monday morning that a campus custodian came upon the damage.
The superintendent also said the school is not equipped with security cameras. He says, right now, there are no suspects in custody.