PONCHATOULA — Vandals raided Ponchatoula High School, breaking windows, damaging doors and stealing items from several offices and classrooms, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.
Janitors who discovered the break-in notified deputies at 5:15 a.m., Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.
Detectives gathered evidence at the scene and documented the items stolen in addition to reviewing surveillance video.
Students were directed away from the affected areas until the broken glass and debris were cleaned up, Panepinto said.
Tangipahoa school Superintendent Mark Kolwe said the vandalism did not have any effect on student instruction.
Kolwe said school maintenance crews cleaned up the damage quickly enough so classes could start on time Friday.
School officials also moved some classes into vacant rooms.
“We got everything pretty well cleaned up,” Kolwe said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.
Ponchatoula High is still scheduled to host a meeting at 4 p.m. Monday focusing on the School Board’s proposed modified plan for the parish’s federal desegregation order, Kolwe added.
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