Volusia County Sheriff's deputies were called to Pine Ridge High School early Friday after school officials found vandals had broken into the Media Center overnight, causing at least $10,000 in damage.
The damage was discovered just after 7 a.m. Friday. Textbooks were pulled off shelves and destroyed; extensive water damage was caused by sinks left running. Multiple TVs and other electronics were smashed and fire extinguishers were discharged. In addition, racially charged graffiti was written on walls and whiteboards.
Volusia County Schools' staff members are working closely with the Sheriff's office. Maintenance crews will continue to work over the weekend to repair the damage so the area is clean and safe when the children go back to school on Monday.
This is an active criminal investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff's Office's non-emergency line at 386-248-1777. Tips can be reported anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477) for a possible cash reward. Tips can also be reported >online.
Volusia County Schools and the Sheriff's office also want to remind you about FortifyFL. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or the FortifyFL website.
More information will be released by the Sheriff's office when it becomes available.