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Cabazon Elementary School Vandalized With "Hundreds" of Rocks

Cabazon Elementary parents and staff tell Banning-Beaumont Patch that a pair of men threw "hundreds" of rocks at the campus and at cars parked on site this week.

Parents and staff at Cabazon Elementary School say they are trying to figure out why someone would vandalize not only the school-- but a group of cars parked on campus during an after-school meeting this week.

"We definitely want to find out who’s doing it," Principal Alisha Norman told Patch in a telephone interview Thursday.  "It's horrible."

Norman is referring to a Tuesday night incident in which parents were interrupted during an after school meeting when a rock came flying through the cafeteria window, sending glass flying.

"At about 7 p.m., this rock, a huge rock... came hurdling through the glass window in the cafeteria," parent Joyce Kirkpatrick told Patch, describing how the rock hit a ladder, a trash can, and then slid across the floor where the parents were meeting.

"I thought something had fallen off the wall," Kirkpatrick said.  "Luckily we were all on the other side of the room."

According to Kirkpatrick, the parents then went outside to find "hundreds of rocks and boulders" all over the school's parking lot.  That's also when they found about eight cars that had been vandalised as well-- including Kirpatrick's own truck, which was "un-driveable" due to the severe window damage and dents, she said.

"There were rocks from the size of baseballs to the size of a Nerf basketball all over the school," she said.

When asked by Patch if parents had heard anything during their meeting, Kirpatrick said they didn't hear a thing until the glass was broken.

"You would think that we would have heard something because we weren’t that far away, but we heard nothing," she said.

Kirkpatrick said that she and other parents spotted two men running from the site when they came outside, and immediately phoned police.

Principal Norman said Cabazon sheriff's deputies were extremely helpful in the search, bringing out a few patrol cars and a K9 to assist, however they were not able to track the suspects down.  Deputies could not immediately be reached for an update on the case by Patch.

If you have any information that can help the sheriff's department with this case, contact Cabazon Station Investigators at 951-922-7100.

Washy January 25, 2013 at 06:55 PM
My last post was pulled on accident....Renee explains below ....agreed they are males not men....
Hopeful January 25, 2013 at 07:24 PM
What an absolute shame this happened.
Lifer in Bmt. January 25, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Hi Libi, why don't you do a audit of the rocks in Cabazon?
Rage January 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Run away you cowards.
Ike January 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Too many young men in this community whose only aim in life is to be the biggest idiot and loser they can be.

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