Vandalism plaques Heidedal school

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Petunia Secondary School in Heidedal where vandalism is rife.

Community members and teachers at Petunia Secondary School in Heidedal have reacted with anger and disappointment after the recent spate of vandalism at the school which saw, among others, several panels of the schools devil’s fork fencing being stolen over a period of time.
The latest incident happened this week while pupils and staff were still away for the midyear holidays.
A resident who lives close to the school expressed his shock and disappointment in an interview with Bloemfontein Courant this morning.
“I am convinced that the school is being vandalised by certain learners and some members of the community. On Monday there was a break in at one of the outer buildings where the Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) office is situated. They broke the lock and tried to steal the electric gate’s motor,” said the resident who would like to remain anonymous.
The suspects were not successful in getting away with all of the loot as several packs of copy paper were discovered on the grounds.
The resident explained that the metal fence panel that was stolen in the latest incident was found at the Clive Solomon Stadium nearby. Although the stolen panel has been recovered the fence can only be fixed after the schools reopen next week, which leaves the school vulnerable for at least a week.
The spate of vandalism leaves the school in a dire situation as only a small fraction of the school’s budget may be spent on maintenance.
“The school cannot cope because of the vandalism. Community members surrounding the school should be more aware of what is going on there. Parents should become more involved and educate their kids on the effect that these incidents have on the school’s finances,” said the resident. –Nomaqhawe Mtebele
nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za