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TUSD: Catalina High School Resource Center vandalized

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 00:41:30-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Unified School District says one of their resource centers was vandalized over the weekend.

The Catalina High School Resource Center was broken into where it appeared windows were shattered, shelves were knocked over, and computer were smashed, according to TUSD.

TUSD is asking anyone with information contact the School Safety Department 520-584-7676 or call 88-CRIME.

"We do good things here and we had to cancel classes and it was pretty disappointing." said Terri Howard, Program Coordinator at the Catalina Family Resource Center.

"I don't understand why someone would do this to a school, to kids, to families."

It happened at one of five family resource centers in the district, they serve as a community center.

"Anything from food and clothing bank services to workshops, classes, access to computers," Howard said.

TUSD said it recorded 36,000 visits to these family centers last academic year.

"We came in this morning and glass was broken."

"There were shelves knocked down and computers broken and desks rifled through," Howard said, "they also vandalized a snack concession on the high school campus and they stole some equipment from the baseball storage area."

In a corridor where posters hang conveying messages of respect and responsibility, maintenance staff cleaned up a mess.

"We have computers that don't work anymore and we're not quite sure how they're going to be replaced."

Still to be determined: how they plan to get the center back up and running and what it's all going to cost.

TUSD said Tucson Police and district safety officers are investigating.

A spokesperson with the district said they have no surveillance of the vandalism.