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UPDATE @ 1:34 p.m.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer, Julio Oseguera, confirmed in a report that Sheriff’s arrived to assist California Fire Department with an incident of arson at the school grounds, with broken glass on scene. “Overnight, someone threw a Molotov cocktail, which burned and left broken glass. The area was taped off to prevent juveniles from entering the affected area.” No other school vandalism was reported in the TVUSD area over the weekend, Oseguera said, continuing, “Police were on hand to fingerprint, and further investigate the scene.”
Melanie Norton, Temecula Valley School District Spokeswoman had this to say about the incident: “Abby Reinke Elementary has been hit several times in the past year with vandals causing damage to the campus. The District is currently in the process of adding security cameras to the school in an effort to catch those responsible. The Sheriff’s Department was on campus this morning gathering as much evidence as possible from the most recent vandalism that took place over the weekend. We’re also asking the community and people who live near the school to keep an eye out for activity on campus after hours and on weekends.”
Principal Christine Boyd sent this message out to TVUSD following the incident:
“Our school has been hit several times over the summer and this year with vandalism. The police and fire department were out this morning to collect evidence, from vandalism, that occurred over the weekend. The district and police department are taking the steps needed to secure our campus on the weekends and after hours. However, as we know in education, in takes a village to raise a child and it takes a village to secure a school. We are asking that if you know of anyone or your older children hear of anyone who has been on the ARES campus after hours and has participated in these activities, that you report it. If you see people on the school campus, after hours, please report it to the non-emergency police line. We truly appreciate your support in this matter.”
Temecula Valley Police Department’s Non Emergency Line: (951) 696-3000
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