Shepparton High School’s new science building was a shattered mess when staff and students arrived at the school yesterday.
Shepparton police Senior Constable David Erdmann said on Tuesday morning about 3am unknown intruders broke into the science building at the southern end of the school, through a window and then smashed four more windows, a glass door and activated a fire extinguisher.
School principal Phil Squire said it was devastating to receive a call early in the morning, informing him about the incident which may cost the school $80000.
Mr Squire said clean-up crews worked all day to clean the science building and students and staff were relocated to other areas of the school to work.
‘‘To have a small group of people come in and trash the building is very disappointing,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a huge frustration for staff and students.’’
Mr Squire said the school’s greatest concern at the moment was that residue from the fire extinguisher could settle in computers, photocopiers and other technology and cause permanent damage resulting in thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Mr Squire said students and staff would not be able to use the science facility until it was deemed clean and safe.
He said this would not just have an impact on Shepparton High School students, but children from neighbouring primary schools who also used the science rooms.
‘‘It’s really disappointing that some people don’t care about the damage they’re causing to young people’s education,’’ he said.
Mr Squire said fortunately the school has surveillance cameras and he was confident the offenders would soon be identified.
Shepparton police are continuing to investigate the incident and will be reviewing the school’s CCTV footage.
Anyone with information about the incident can phone Shepparton police on 58205777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.