Angry O'Connor: Vandals Committed A Felony

Break-in over the weekend caused significant damage at Tewksbury High.

The longer the angrier he grew.

Tewksbury's superintendent of schools was briefing the School Committee on a break-in that had occurred at the high school over the weekend. And O'Connor found nothing funny about what might have been intended to be a "senior prank."

According to O'Connor, a group of people broke into the school late Sunday night and committed acts of "malicious damage" and vandalism.

"We are committed to finding the people who did this. I'm reminding parents that breaking into a closed building is a felony," said O'Connor, adding that a felony conviction might cost a student acceptance into the college they had wanted to attend.

According to O'Connor, paint was taken from the art room and was splashed on lockers and through the hallways. In addition, some classrooms were ransacked with furniture moved around.

Some furniture was actually moved out of the building and into the courtyard. That might not have been so bad, except for the fact that it rained overnight and the furniture was damaged.

After the meeting, O'Connor was still steaming and said police are conducting a thorough investigation to find out who was involved.

"We've had it. We're not going to tolerate this," said O'Connor.

May seems to be the month for these types of incidents in Tewksbury. Earlier this week, had to be evacuated after a bomb threat was found scrawled on a bathroom wall. Last year, had to be evacuated due to a report of a gun in the building and had to be evacuated in May due to a bomb scare. Both incidents proved to be hoaxes.



Make A Difference May 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
...they have. my freshmen year people smoked all the time in the bathroom and fights in the school all the time, people wearing atrocious outfits..that was Lally's first year. Since then the fight rates have gone down 85%, my senior year maybe once every two months i smelt smoke, and kids in my class would get pulled out for too shorts of shorts and such. I know this year was a little different with smoking because they no longer have a hall monitor i believe. but still. they have improved. they are trying.
Steevo May 26, 2012 at 07:26 AM
My TMHS graduation class was in '74 and I remember in early '73 when kids from the high school broke into it and stole from the newly established in-school store. I knew the kids who did it and how they bypassed the then sophisticated sonic alarm. I knew others in school who thought it was cool to pull off. If there had been a vacant school with items inside I don't think it would have been all that surprising if it ended up vandalized. If from your memory you haven't had incidents like this before then that's something to take pride in, in my opinion.
trish May 29, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I agree 100%. they need to start being tough and do something instead of letting kids go
Rusty August 01, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Hmm it's August 1st.... I thought they were sure they'd find the vandals... No names yet?
Mike August 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Still have not found those scumbags in my graduation class? I know who it is anyways should I say something or just forget about it since the school is torn down?


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