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'Extensive damage' at Eden Primary School, two boys assisting police with inquiries

Vandalism causes Eden school closure

Updated: Monday, November 9, 7.35pm  

An investigation is underway after Eden Primary School was forced to close for the day for investigation and clean up after malicious damage to a number of classrooms.

Shortly after 5pm Sunday, November 8, police were called to the school on Imlay St, Eden, following reports of people on the roof throwing rocks at windows.

Officers from South Coast Police District attended a short time later and found several classroom windows smashed.

Two boys were allegedly seen by police inside one of the classrooms, before they fled on foot.

Police located a 10-year-old boy at the intersection of Bass and Imlay St, Eden. A second boy, aged 13, presented himself to police in the presence of his parents a short time later.

Both boys are currently assisting police with inquiries.

A crime scene was established at the school, which was closed Monday due to extensive damage to classrooms. Investigations are continuing.

Parents and carers of Eden Public School students were notified about 9.30pm on Sunday that the school would be non-operational Monday, November 9..

Reassurances were made that the closure was not a COVID-related matter.

Families were asked to keep their children at home for the day, and although the school anticipated students would return to normal activities on Tuesday, November 10, the principal Tanja Vogt announced on Monday evening that to ensure the premises were thoroughly cleaned and repaired to a satisfactory standard, the school would also be non-operational on Tuesday.

Ms Vogt said while it is expected the school will be able to operate for teaching and learning from Wednesday, November 11, the school would communicate directly with families as things progressed.

"As the disruption caused by this event may make some children anxious, the school will offer counselling to students when classes resume this week," Ms Vogt said.

This story Vandalism causes Eden school closure first appeared on Bega District News.