On Tuesday night between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., someone snuck into Pleasanton Middle School and vandalized the campus, causing "heavy damage," according to school administrators.
A “similar display of vandalism” also took place on Saturday night on campus.
“Upon arriving to school this morning, we were disappointed and shocked to find that our campus had been vandalized,” they said in a statement Wednesday.
The school doesn’t have an estimate yet for how much repairs will cost, but the yet-unidentified culprits “destroyed custodian tools, overturned and cracked our cement garbage receptacles, smashed announcement speakers, and caused heavy damage to our beloved school garden,” including tearing up plants and drip irrigation systems from the ground, slashing shade umbrellas and ruining student artwork.
Photos on social media also showed items thrown up on the roof of one of the buildings, a damaged fan and PA speaker, overturned picnic tables, and piles of paper strewn outside. “This disturbing behavior is unacceptable and truly disheartening,” said the Pleasanton Middle School PTSA.
Custodial staff worked to restore the parts of campus that were vandalized but Pleasanton Unified School District spokesperson Patrick Gannon said “it will require additional work” to completely fix the damage. “It’s unfortunate that time and resources must be used to repair this intentional damage to our school,” Gannon said.
The Pleasanton Police Department said they “do not have any information regarding the vandalism” so far other than a police report that was filed. A school investigation is underway, according to campus officials. In addition to contacting Pleasanton police, anyone with information about either incident can also email administration or use the district anonymous tip-line: 417-5199.