ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Students at Englewood High School went back to class on Tuesday after vandals damaged part of the brand new building over the weekend, trashing computers, smashing instruments and even setting fires.
“It’s kind of depressing to see what somebody would do,” said senior Mason Ledbetter. “I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s frustrating because they have nowhere to practice now.”
But more than that, there are some irreplaceable items that are now gone forever.
Lily Ryan, a senior and a former band member said, “One year, my freshman year, we got first place in the State Marching Band competition and they burned that flag down and they burned the one from the Rose Bowl.”
The Englewood Police Department have asked for the public’s help. Security cameras caught three men who came in from the south side of the school. That’s the same side that’s undergoing construction.
“There’s some way they can get in. I’m not sure exactly, but I think they used that hallway,” Ledbetter said.
“Oh yeah, definitely, there’s just a hallway that’s like, you can see into the construction and so I’m sure it wasn’t that hard to get into the school,” added Ryan.
The superintendent of Englewood Public Schools Brian Ewert said the area was highly secure, that these three men had intent to do damage.
“It’s complete vandalism and honestly it doesn’t look like they were trying to steal anything,” said Ewert.
Even though that damage will be covered by insurance, the $5,000 deductible will now have to come out of the general fund.
The Englewood School District said insurance adjusters were out at the school Tuesday, surveying the damage. For now, there’s no estimate on total damage.
They plan to have all the classrooms up and running on Monday.
In the meantime, EPD said they’ve increased patrols around the area.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone who can solve this crime. Call 720-913-STOP if you have any information.