Vandals target elementary school in Waipahu

Vandals target elementary school in Waipahu
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WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Vandals targeted a small elementary school in Waipahu over the weekend.

Honolulu police are still looking for the taggers, while the school's staff members are left cleaning up the mess at Honowai Elementary School.

The school's principal said there's a lot of pride in the little school, and for someone to deface it is utterly disappointing.

Graffiti markings are plastered over walls, doors, and staircases on campus. Principal Kent Matsumura.

Matsumura said this isn't the first time the school has gotten tagged, but he says this is definitely one of the worst and widespread he has ever seen.

"It's always very disappointing when it does happen because you like to think that anyone that's connected to the school would have a lot of pride in it," Matsumura said.

He said the vandalism spreads across six different buildings on campus and about 35 different locations.

"We're adjacent to the park so often times at night whatever activities happen there spills over...just the fact that they would damage our school and the lack of respect for it I think was very disappointing," he said.

Matsumura said the crime is a blow to his custodial staff who works so hard to maintain the school.

"I think it takes away from the see them work so hard to clean up after people who I guess damage the school, it's very disappointing."

Although they may never find out who defaced the school, Matsumura said he hopes this message is heard.

"There are much better ways to spend your time, much more productive ways I think to spend your time doing things. Let's find better ways to contribute to our community," he said.

If you have information about the case, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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