Water meter vandalism closes Aubin Grove Primary School
Aubin Grove Primary School will not open today after vandals damaged its water meter last night.
Police said they were investigating after the school reported that sometime overnight offenders had stolen two fire-hydrants connected to the mains water supply and a water meter.
As a result of the theft, an enormous amount of water escaped.
Police urged anyone with any information relating to this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
School principal Mesha Steel announced the closure on its Facebook page this morning.
“School site will be closed to students today due to health concerns after the water meter was vandalised overnight,” the post said.
“There is currently no water to the school.
“Where possible, please keep your students at home.
“Students who must attend may be transported to anther local school site for the day.”
Just after 8.30am the school said it had “no estimated fix time” for the issue and would be closed for the remainder of the day.
The school’s office is open to field inquiries on 6174 6500.
“Acts of vandalism at our schools are always distressing for staff and students, particularly when they disrupt learning,” John Marrapodi, Head of Security for the Department of Education, said.
“School staff were able to swiftly alert parents early this morning to keep their children at home today and arrangements have been made for the 12 children who cannot stay at home to be supervised at the school.
“The Water Corporation is currently working on repairs, and we are looking at solutions to prevent any future vandalism.
“I ask members of the community to continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity at schools to police and School Watch on 1800 177 777.”
Aubin Grove Primary school has about 1100 students enrolled, making it one of the largest primary schools in Perth’s southern suburbs.
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