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Mail Tribune 100, March 25, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

March 25, 1920


Unknown Parties Break Into High School, Daub Paint Over Desks and Floors of Auditorium — Take Doors From Hinges — Local Authorities Take Action

A new sensational turn to the public schools situation which may have an important bearing on the possibility of the school board consenting to arbitration of the matters in dispute, developed this morning when it was discovered that during the night the high school building was broken into and damaging acts of vandalism performed by the miscreants, which deeds are universally being condemned today by teachers, school patrons, citizens and even by a large portion of the high school student body, no matter what their views have been and are on the controversy which has raged for several weeks.

The school board members and County Prosecutor Roberts are up in arms now, conducting a vigorous investigation and declare that no steps will be left undone to find out the identity of the marauders and punish them to the limit. Much headway was gained in the investigation today and the board members and prosecutor hint that they are in possession of valuable evidence. It is said that the high school student body in general is aiding in the investigation.

There seems to be no question but that the vandalism was done by a number of high school boys, although it could have been done by outsiders.

One by one a number of high school boys were taken to Prosecuting Attorney Robert’s office today where each was given a through “sweating.” It is known that at least one student who was being sweated this forenoon, had spots of fresh paint on his shoes which corresponded to the gray paint with which the seats and desks in the assembly room were daubed.

The night prowlers, after breaking into the high school building through a basement window, painted the desks and seats in the assembly auditorium with gray paint, took off all the doors of the class rooms and piled them on the auditorium platform, placed waste paper baskets on the plaster of paris statues on the walls of the auditorium, and took down the clock of the auditorium and piled it on the platform. They also took away with them the hinge pins of the doors and the class call bells from the main corridor.

The desks, seats and floors of the auditorium were only cleaned and revarnished last summer at an expense of $400, and hence the gray paint over them resulted in much damage and considerable loss to the taxpayers. In addition the amateur painters spilled dobs of paint all over the floor.

The main floor of the auditorium could not be used by the students today because of the painted desks and seats, and because of last night’s outrage the regular daily study and recitation schedule was otherwise interfered with.

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