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Break-ins at Waimea schools; residents asked to report rumors, suspicious activity

MEDIA RELEASE

Illegal break-ins at Waimea Elementary and Middle School classrooms and cafeteria occurred two nights last week — Tuesday, Nov. 3 and Thursday, Nov. 5 — and an attempted break-in occurred Monday, Nov. 9, of the school’s Thelma Parker Memorial Gym.

Some classroom items are missing and the two schools are working closely with police.

To help solve these incidents and prevent more from occurring, the Waimea community is being asked to help keep an eye on school facilities and report to the police any suspicious activity especially after hours and over weekends.

Also, the police have been asked to cruise the campuses after hours.

If anyone knows anything about these incidents, they are urged to call Waimea Middle School Principal John Colson (887-6090 Ext. 225), Waimea Elementary School Principal Marcella McClelland (887-7636 Ext. 225), or any trusted adult at the schools, or to call CrimeStoppers (329-8181 or 961-8300.

Among the missing items are eight laptop computers from Waimea Middle School, including one programmed by students for the recent First Lego League robotics competition.

“The break-ins are very disturbing both because we are concerned about the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and because we are in such a tight budget crunch.  Equally alarming, these events distract us all from our main purpose of teaching and learning and having fun while doing this,” Colson said.

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