Children were confronted by crime scene tape and a burned-out playground at Batemans Bay Public School yesterday after the second vandal attack within a few weeks.
Police taped off the senior playground at the Surfside school after vandals set fire to a shade shelter, which then collapsed onto the playground equipment below.
Assistant principal Sue Maxworthy said the school community had raised funds for the equipment and could see “no rhyme or reason” for the attack.
“We had some very distasteful people come into our school and think that it was property they could vandalise and ruin, but all they have done is take away great play equipment from all our kids,” she said.
“This was paid for out of P&C donations and we built it from the ground up. When we moved here 10 years ago, this equipment was not here. We had to wait, we had to raise money. Now it is burned and we have to start again.”
Student Alana Phegan said the attack was “just awful”.
Jorja Heycox was disappointed.
“Why would someone do that? It is just sad,” she said.
Cameron Cronin shared her disappointment.
“The P&C raised so much money to build it and now people want to vandalise it,” he said.
Several weeks ago, the school was broken into and no arrest has been made.
If anyone has any information or has seen any suspicious activity, they are asked to contact Batemans Bay Police on 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.