Vandals smashed windows, destroyed drain pipes and threw rocks inside a centre housing Rousillac Hindu School pupils a day before the start of the new school term yesterday.
Cleaners who went to get the Rousillac Community Centre prepared for school were astonished to see boulders and rocks littering the yard where the children usually play. The vandals were unable to get into the compound because of the fence but councillor for the area Chandra Ramadharsingh said they wreaked havoc at the pavilion building next door.
When the T&T Guardian arrived yesterday, two windows of the pavilion building at the back were smashed. Water also sprayed from the broken pipes. Two tanks which were on stands stood empty as all the water leaked out. The front of the compound was drenched.
Ramadharsingh said the new pavilion conference building was opened a month ago and two days after the opening, vandals tried to take the toilet.
“This is so disappointing. We only now get the building and now we will have to see if we can set up surveillance cameras to prevent this from happening again,” Ramadharsingh said.
She said the school was now a target for criminals.
She added that they previously held meetings in the conference room of the pavilion previously but since the vandalism occurred people were now afraid to meet at that location.
Police said yesterday that they interviewed a suspect but had to release him as there was no evidence linking him to the crime. Officers said the suspect was also accused of vandalising a resident’s home.
The school was destroyed in a fire in 2012 and the students have been accommodated in the centre since then. The new school is 85 per cent completed and the contractor has said if the Government clears outstanding debts owed, the new school can be completed in six months.