Vandals broke into the West Platte
High School in Weston early Saturday morning and
did significant damage to various high-value equipment
and to the inside of the school generally, as
well as to the football stadium.
West Platte High School is located
at 1125 Washington St. in Weston.
A total dollar amount of damage
is still being worked up by the schools
insurance adjustor and police officials but it
appears that the damage will be $35,000 or less,
according to West Platte Superintendent Kyle B.
Stephenson. The schools deductible will
be $1,000, he said.
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
of St. Louis is the property/casualty third-party
administrator for Weston, which self-insures its
property through a state collective fund called
Weston police do not have any
suspects in the crime as of Monday, said Terry
Blanton, police chief.
Basically a person or persons,
early in the morning on Saturday, broke into the
high school, they broke out glass windows, broke
out the glass from and wrecked the trophy cases,
and trashed and destroyed the principals
office, Blanton said.
The vandals confined most of their
criminal acts of destruction to the central area
of the building, he said.
However, the vandals ran down
hallways, spraying fire extinguishers and damaging
school property along the way, he said.
Additionally, the vandals trashed
the school secretarys office, wrecked a
photocopier, destroyed multiple computers monitors
and computers, did major damage to walls and commons
areas and expended all the fire extinguishers
in the main part of the building, Blanton
The vandals also turned over all
the soda machines, damaged the food vending machines
and destroyed a large color TV set.
Though there were no definite
suspects as of Monday night, but the chief said
his staff had several interviews planned for this
Stephenson was awakened at home
early Saturday morning. He spent all morning over
at the school and then went back later in the
Stephenson had to call three custodians
in to help get organized and begin damage assessment.
The vandals did $3,000 worth
of damage to the schools roof. One of the
things we had to do was place buckets over the
holes in the roof so water wont leak into
the building when it rains, Stephenson said.
Stephenson noted that the vandals
also shattered the glass in the press box at the
football field, beat on air conditioning units,
busted off vents and destroyed flower pots at
the football field.
Its unfortunate, but
we just have to get it cleaned up and fixed and
get er done, Stephenson said.