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Vandals cause thousands of dollars worth of damage at SE Portland school

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Glass and smashed computers littered the halls of Marshall High School Saturday, just weeks before students head back to class.

The southeast Portland school is set to house students from Grant High School later this month when the new school year starts.

Officers with the Portland Police Bureau said it was close to 3 a.m. Saturday when they got the call about the vandalism.

Public Schools spokesperson Harry Esteve said district crews would be rushing to make repairs.

“We have to get in there and get it cleaned as soon as possible,” Esteve said. “There’s a lot of windows to fix and I’m not sure they’ll all be done in time.”

Esteve noted that despite the damage, the suspects did not appear to be interested in taking things from the school.

“As far as we know, it doesn’t look like there was much taken,” he explained. “There was plenty of stuff they could’ve taken and didn’t, but looked like they were more interested in just destroying things.”

Between the three floors of classrooms, more than 30 windows were broken out and dozens of computers were smashed, which Esteve noted would lead to a costly repair bill.

“The early estimate is somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 in damage,” he said. “This is again money that could’ve been spent on education, on classrooms, teachers.”

Neighbor Angela Rendon said the senseless vandalism does not surprise her.

“That is extremely frustrating,” she said. “It is, especially for a taxpayer like myself.”

Rendon said that unfortunately, she is used to seeing people hanging at the school and even in her own neighborhood, adding that this latest crime is one more thing that makes her feel unsafe in her neighborhood.

“There’s violence, fights, people stealing stuff from your property,” she said. “It’s a problem.”

A spokesperson for Portland Public Schools said school will start on time for Grant students and that at this time they were not aware of any suspects in this incident.

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