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Vandals hit Castaic Middle School

Posted: January 27, 2014 4:10 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2014 4:10 p.m.

Acts of vandalism and a fire believed to be deliberately set at Castaic Middle School over the weekend are currently being investigated by local sheriff’s detectives, school and sheriff officials said.

Vandals trashed the Special Education preschool classroom on the campus of Castaic Middle School on Hillcrest Parkway, said Lisa Bloom, spokeswoman for the Castaic Union School District.

“Someone we don’t know broke into the classroom and committed malicious mischief,” she said.

The vandals, believed to be children, sprayed fire extinguisher fluid on carpets, “smeared food all over the desks” and stuffed toilets with toilet paper and diapers, she said.

Preschoolers enrolled in the Special Education class and displaced by the damage were brought to another classroom, Bloom said.

As well, vandals lit a small fire on the handball court at Castaic  Middle School.

No one was hurt and no structures were affected by the fire, Bloom said.

“We are concerned about this because it’s destructive and it limits our ability to provide services for our preschoolers,” she said.

The cleanup, which is ongoing with no permanent damage done to the carpets or equipment, is expected to be completed by Tuesday.

Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station said local detectives are investigating the vandalism while officers of the Arson and Explosives Detail from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the suspected arson.

“It was an attempted arson,” Dubin said about the fire.

The weekend incidents of vandalism come on the heels of other recent similar acts of vandalism at Castaic school district schools, Bloom said.

“Our music rooms were hit,” Bloom said referring to acts of vandalism that happened late last month at Castaic Elementary School, on Park Vista Drive.

Fire extinguishers were also used to damage carpets, she said.

A computer-interactive “smart board” initially thought to have been damaged in the December incident needed only cleaning to restore it fully, Bloom said.
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