2013-08-23 11:51 PDT
The small community of Bella Bella is in disbelief as to why someone would enter the community’s only school, and cause so much damage just days before School was to reopen.
The attack on the school occurred just weeks after a major fire destroyed the local store and other businesses.
The Bella Bella Community school has been undergoing construction (rebuilding) for the past year and was nearing completion. The school houses grades Kindergarten to grade 12 and has as many as 170 students and 56 staff members.
RCMP have confirmed that a lone male entered the school at approximately 4am on August 23, 2013. Once inside, the suspect went on a rampage and smashed TV's, Smart Boards, Computers, interior and exterior windows. Paint was also found dumped on the floors and computers.
The damage sustained to the school was estimated at $100,000 stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer
The community is in shock and the children are visibly upset over this senseless act of violence.
The investigation continues as police are currently viewing the school’s video surveillance system in hopes of identifying the person responsible. RCMP are asking anyone with information pertaining to this crime, to please contact the Bella Bella RCMP at (250) 957-2388.
Cst. Lesley SmithDistrict Advisory NCO (Media Relations)