SAISD: Teens cause $20k in damage to East Side middle school

Teens, 13, 15 & 16, arrested after windows broken, classroom trashed at Wheatley Middle School

SAN ANTONIO - Damage to an East Side middle school caused by vandals is estimated at about $20,000, according to the San Antonio Independent School District.

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Spokeswoman Leslie Price said three teens boys -- ages 13, 15 and 16 -- broke 28 windows at Wheatley Middle School, damaged window blinds, overturned furniture in one classroom, and scrawled graffiti inside the building.

The teens were arrested Tuesday afternoon, Price said. At least two attended Wheatley Middle School, she said.

SAISD police discovered the damage around 1 a.m. Tuesday, after responding to a ringing burglar alarm.

Price said they also saw several suspects running from the scene, and recovered headphones that had been taken from the school.

Police said it did not appear as though anything had been stolen, although the case is still under investigation.

Under daylight, the broken windows were clearly visible, some with boards placed over them to cover the gaping holes.

The image stunned Felicia McGrue as she arrived around 8 a.m. to drop off her son for a summer activity program.

"It's real unfortunate that someone would do that to a school,” McGrue said. "Wheatley is a great school. They have an awesome program. The principal is awesome so I just can’t imagine doing this."

McGrue’s 13-year-old son, Justin Johnson, attends the school, located in the 400 block of Gabriel Street, throughout the year.

She also enrolled him in a Boys and Girls Club program, which offers youth a chance to take part in sports, swimming and other summer time activities.

However, they didn’t realize the school would be closed all week for the Independence Day holiday.

The locked doors surprise them, but the windows, bashed open, left them almost speechless.

"I am really mad because I go to school here,” said Johnson.

The teens face charges ranging from vandalism to burglary.

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