A Friday night of youth vandalism at Ladner Elementary has prompted Delta Police to issue a stern warning to parents.
Last Friday night, Jan. 21 at around 10 p.m., DPD officers were dispatched to a report of 20-plus youth vandalizing the school.
“When police attended, the youths were seen fleeing in droves,” said DPD in a post on their Facebook page. Police confirmed vandalism to the school, and the investigation is ongoing.
“Parents – do you know what your kids are up to at night? Maybe now is a good time to sit down and have a chat with your teen, or one of our officers would be more than happy to for you.”
Cathryn Tucker, communications director with the Delta School District, confirmed that vandals cracked two windows and left a lot of unsanitary mess, including glass and garbage on the school grounds that needed to be cleaned up before students returned to school on Monday.
“Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in vandalism at Ladner Elementary recently,” said Tucker. “The time needed to report, clean up and investigate these incidents distracts our school administrators, maintenance teams and the Delta Police from more important matters.
“We take vandalism to school property very seriously, and are working with the Delta Police to find ways to try to prevent further incidents of anti-social behaviour. Also, we would ask anyone that hears rumours or has information about the damage that has been done, or is planned to be done to our schools and community buildings, to report this to the Delta Police.”