COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Cottage Grove High School officials say it could take weeks to fix the vandalism that hit them overnight.
Fortunately, surveillance video obtained Friday could help the school district identify the culprits.
School staff was just hoping to work on some finishing touches with school starting next week, but that all got pushed back to deal with the damage done to two entrances of their buildings.
Now, administration is looking closely at that surveillance video to see if they recognize the suspects and releasing it to see if you can help.
“Metal glass doors were completely blown out, the custodian met me at the door, she had been cleaning up the glass for almost an hour at that point,” said Dr. Krista Parent, South Lane Schools Superintendent. “What’s the sense in that? They didn’t come in and take anything. It was just a malicious act of vandalism.”
Video from the nearby Hidden Valley Golf Course shows two young men trespassing onto the property early Friday morning. A couple minutes later, a golf cart speeds by in the corner of the screen. That same golf cart was found next to the early morning destruction at Cottage Grove High School days before students will kick off fall term.
“Everything looks really good, and then to deal with this now before kids come back on Wednesday. We won’t be able to replace these door for at least a month,” Parent said.
And until then, and about $15,000 to $25,000 later, the openings will be boarded up. It’s not the most visually pleasing way to welcome this year’s class, but the district hopes these visuals that will bring justice back to the halls.
“We don’t have a lot of extra money sitting around in schools these days. Any money we do have we like to target to kids,” Parent said.
The school is offering a $500 reward to anyone who has any information leading to any arrests.
The district says ever since we first aired the story on KEZI 9 News Midday, it has received at least one tip that they are looking into.