Brazen vandals target Sedro-Woolley middle school

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- Police in Sedro-Woolley are searching for the vandals who went wild inside a local middle school, leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

Cascade Middle School is currently undergoing a $27 million renovation, but that effort hit a setback recently when vandals broke in and did a number on the school.

"They shot off fire extinguishers, painted graffiti on the wall, broke computers," said Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood. "It's just hard to name all the damage they did."

Since the school is under construction, there was no alarm. School officials didn't learn about the vandalism until a contractor found it and called police.

Police don't have any suspects in the case, but they say the vandalism was likely the work of students.

"We have reason to believe that they either are or were students of Cascade Middle School," Wood said.

All tallied up, the school district estimates it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair the damages. They hope insurance will cover the costs, but it's a financial setback no matter how you slice it.

Now school officials have about two months to rebuild the school, along with their sense of security.

"We have a lot of pride in our schools," said Brett Greenwood of the school district. "When someone comes in and does this is sets us back."