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Vandals shatter hundreds of windows at eight Auburn schools

Auburn Police Departmemt

Vandals targeted eight schools over two nights this week in Auburn. The spree left some 265 windows shattered at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as the district’s pool and several vehicles.

School staff discovered the first wave of damage Monday morning. Vandals apparently armed with pellet guns had shot out windows at schools and district facilities across town. That night, the vandals appear to have struck again, doing even more damage. Auburn High School principal Richard Zimmerman says more than 50 windows were destroyed at his school.

“We’re mad. This is our school. The kids here, this is their homecoming week this week. And they want to find out who did it just as much as we do because it’s just not fair,” Zimmerman said.

Auburn Police estimate repairs will cost about $25,000. So far they haven’t arrested anyone, but police and district officials say they’ve developed a surveillance plan to make sure students don’t start any more school days surveying damage.

Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.