SILENT TREATMENT: No new details released on Washington High vandalism

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – Beaufort County Schools continues to release no details about vandalism that hit one of its high schools last week.

A senior prank apparently caused significant damage to the cafeteria at Washington High School.

Last Thursday, WITN was sent pictures of the reported damage done the night before to the cafeteria.

The photos showed the cafeteria a complete mess with tables overturned, and toilet paper strewn about while the lunchroom was roped off with red caution tape.

Beaufort County Schools called the vandalism an incident. “We can confirm there was an incident at WHS however it is still being investigated. We have no further comments at this time,” said a school district spokeswoman.

This morning WITN emailed both the superintendent and the communications director with a list of questions.

  • What damage happened last week at Washington High School?
  • What is the cost so far to this damage?
  • Is there a criminal investigation underway? If so, which agency?
  • Can you confirm that in addition to the cafeteria, other parts of the high school were also damaged?
  • How did the students gain access to the building after hours?
  • Can you confirm that students suspected of being involved in the vandalism are not permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies? If so, how many seniors does this involve?
  • Has any staff member been disciplined because of what happened?

Our emails so far have been unanswered.

WITN also renewed a public records request for any photographs of the damage in possession of the school system. Like the list of questions, our request for public records has been ignored.

If you have photos of the damage that you or your child took, please send them to our newsroom.