BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Vandals targeted a charter school in Beaverton, leaving behind a mess and making off cash from a student fundraiser.
Vandals broke in to the Acro Iris Spanish Immersion School overnight Thursday, writing vulgar messages on the school entrance, walls and window where kids could see it. Around $2,000 raised by students at their first ever school carnival was also stolen.
“They stole all of our carnival money which the school worked very hard for,” fifth grader Hannah Billings said. “It makes me feel sad, yet angry at the same time.”
The student council planned to use the money on a gift for the school, but parent Candice Aguliar said the school can’t simply replace it, because they operate on a tight budget already.
“We are a charter school, so we are 80% funded,” Aguilar said. “So we have to work extra hard to just maintain the school in general.”
They started a fundraiser in hopes of getting back what they lost.
“The student council was planning on giving that back to the future generation of Arco Irdis for the next kids to be able to benefit from, so that gift is now gone,” Aguilar said.
The graffiti has been cleaned up and according Aguilar, who helped with that, police were already at the school looking for evidence that will help them find the culprits.
Student council president Olivia Hoffbeck, an eight grader, said they put poster paper over the graffiti at first, so younger students wouldn’t see it.
“Very frustrated, because there are also younger classmates that still go to the school and the vandalism wasn’t appropriate for school grounds,” Hoffbeck said.
Billings has a message for the thieves: “In my opinion, they should feel guilty about what they did, because they stole money going into children’s education, and that’s not very good.”