Maple Elementary School implements new guidelines to stop vandalism
Maple Elementary School is now closing the playground after school hours to prevent vandalism. Superintendent of the Harlem School District Julie Morris said the most recent damage to the property a few weeks ago has been the most substantial.
“We’ve had things such as the playground spray painted,” Morris said. “We’ve had the building spray painted and vandalism to the equiptment."
Moris said the school is under surveillance however that hasn't solved the issue.
"We have cameras out there because we have been wanting to address the issue, but they have been broken multiple times."
The school district in conjunction with Loves Park Police have decided the playground can't be used after school hours.
"We're going to try and see how things progress," Morris said. "Hopefully we can reopen it in the future once we get a handle on it."
Charles Mark's granddaughter attends Maple Elementary School and said he heard about the incident first from her.
"I picked her up on the first day of school after the holidays and she said 'Grandpa somebody vandalized our playground.'"
Administrators and family members hope this new rule will stop the vandalism.
"I hope they catch the people who did this and hold them responsible," Mark said.