Nikiski school vandalized

Instead of being in class, Nikiski Middle/High School students spent Wednesday cleaning up someone else's mess. The school was vandalized early Wednesday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Graffiti was found on numerous exterior walls of the building, three activity busses, sidewalks, doors, windows, an employee vehicle and the American flag, Kenai Peninusla School District communications specialist Pegge Erkeneff said.

"We're really disappointed and disheartened, it's disappointing to see that," Erkeneff said.

Principal Dan Carstens said in a statement the students were willing to do what they could to clean up the school.

"Even though this was a heinous act of vandalism, the spirit of the staff and students of Nikiski Middle/High school shone through," he said. "Students concerned with what happened at their school pulled together and were outside cleaning up the building and taking ownership of our cleanup process."

The call to the Troopers came in around 2:30 a.m., which was about three hours after a security check had been performed, AST Soldotna Detatchment Capt. Andy Greenstreet said.

There were security cameras in place, Greenstreet said, but it is not clear whether they will be helpful in the investigation.

"A lot of times when it's dark like that, in low light situations - they don't do us a whole lot of good," he said. "If there's lights, the lights wash out being able to identify anybody, depending on the quality of the camera."

The fiscal amount of the damage will be assessed as the investigation continues. Troopers are still investigating the incident.

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