Gordonton School hit by thieves… again

Gordonton School has been burgled for the second time in as many months. Thieves have made off with the school’s safe, after ripping a hole in the wall of the office on Sunday.

Principal David McNair is furious, reports the Waikato Times.

“It’s a school. It’s a bloody school. We’re not a business. We do a public service,” he said.

Mr McNair said he would be surprised if there was more than $100 in the safe but the damage will cost thousands to repair.

The school’s vandalism budget for the year has now been used, and will have to be topped up by the Ministry of Education.

The burglary is one of more than 20 break-ins across the region since May forcing some principals to consider more rigorous security measures, including the installation of costly underground safes in order to protect money and valuable items.

In early June, burglars used a crowbar to break into the school office, ripped the alarm system from the wall, attempted to break-in to the safe, and stole a few chocolate bars. The damage cost about $4000 to repair.

He believed it was the same people involved in both burglaries.

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