Vandals flood Roosevelt HS, cause massive damage

Vandals from another school caused the damage during a basketball tournament October 15

Vandals broke into Roosevelt High School in Portland on October 15, 2016 and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage (Courtesy: Portland Public Schools)
Vandals broke into Roosevelt High School in Portland on October 15, 2016 and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage (Courtesy: Portland Public Schools)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Vandals from another school caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage at Roosevelt High School during a basketball tournament October 15.

Principal Filip Hristic told KOIN 6 News video cameras captured the students who broke into a 2nd-floor science classroom and turned on an emergency eye-wash shower. The water gushed for hours before a coach spotted water on the ground floor around 10:30 p.m. that night.

The water caused massive damage to the walls, floors, elevators, computers, student and teacher property, 6 classrooms and 3 offices. This all comes as Roosevelt High is in the middle of a multi-million dollar remodeling.

“We looked at the video and were able to see that they did it on purpose and were not our students,” Hristic told KOIN 6 News.

Police have that video and they’re encouraging those responsible to come forward.

It will take weeks for the damage to be cleaned up and repaired. Some teachers have temporary classrooms in gyms and in a school food pantry.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.