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John Muir Elementary Vandalized in Santa Monica; Classes Continue

Cleanup was underway Monday after John Muir Elementary School in Santa Monica was vandalized over the weekend.

Damage was reported in several classrooms, as well as the library and cafetorium but it doesn’t appear that anything was taken in the incident Saturday night, the Santa Monica Lookout reported.

The school was open to teachers and students Monday for what will be the last week of classes.

“It’s a little scary to even walk in,” said teacher Skye Davis.

Davis, who had yet to see the damage to her classroom, talked about the impact on students.

“This is not the first time the school has been vandalized … for them to keep seeing their school vandalized and a target, it’s really hard for them I’m sure,” she said.

The attack left windows broken, furniture destroyed, and technology materials ruined. Paint had been dumped over in classrooms and several fire extinguishers were expelled indoors. Sinks had also been left on to flood several of the rooms, the Lookout reported on its website.

The dollar amount for the damage will reach into the tens, if not hundreds, of thousands, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District spokesperson Gail Pinsker said.

Recently passed bond measure MSM will help pay for the school install additional security measures to prevent future incidents but will not cover the damage caused over the weekend, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District spokesperson Gail Pinsker said.

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