An unknown individual drove by Lamar Friday, Sep. 16, and shattered 13 windows, around the front of the school and the Multi-Purpose Activity Center (MAC), resulting in $10,000 to $15,000 in repairs.
Staff first heard word of the situation, that 11 windows along Lamar Blvd. and two windows in the MAC were rendered completely shattered, Friday evening at 10:30 following the Senior Night football game. The investigation began immediately, and both Lamar’s security footage as well as video footage only accessible by the police was used. The person who committed the crime has not been identified.
“We knew Friday night because there were people fooling around outside of the MAC right by the broken windows,” assistant principal Brad Davis said. “So we began pulling security footage and tried to review everything. We eventually got the Arlington PD involved, and it really came down to finding out who did it.”
On footage, the vehicle began at the MAC, then circled around to the front of the building where a bulk of the damage was done. The damaged windows have been measured, and are being readied to replace within the next 1-3 weeks. Because they are not the typical size, they have to be custom ordered, and the cost to repair all damages is expected to be somewhere between $10,000 to $15,000.
“It’s Unfortunate,” Davis said. “I mean we have a pretty good idea of what happened, who was using the vehicle, and what actually damaged the windows, but when it comes down to it, there is a lot of damage to be repaired.”
On Monday, Sept. 19, the disturbance to students and staff was contained, though the shock was still there. Catherine Powers, a senior at Lamar, said images of the windows circulated through the building quickly, and, by the end of the day, there were plenty of different rumors as to what actually happened.
“It was a distraction, the halls were crowded with people where the windows were shattered, and it was nearly impossible to wiggle my way through while also getting to class at the same time,” Powers said. “It clearly wasn’t an accident, and it isn’t all fun and games either when people could’ve been hurt.”