August 27, 2014

Elyria
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Sinks damaged at Elyria High School

ELYRIA — A number of bathrooms at Elyria High School have been vandalized in recent weeks and school officials say they are investigating.

District spokeswoman Amy Higgins said between last Wednesday and Monday, the custodial staff discovered malfunctioning sinks in several bathrooms.

“It’s not rampant through the school, but it’s in several bathrooms in the schools,” said. “The damage is similar in that the parts that help the sinks work properly are damaged. Mostly it’s the plastic covering to components that turn water on and dispense soap.”

School officials have not had to close any bathrooms because of the damage.

Higgins said the timing coincides with student-led protests of the contract suspension of Assistant Principal Sam Dickerson, who learned last week that his position was being eliminated because of budget concerns. Students reacted strongly with a sit-in in the school’s dining hall, and many showed up at a recent board meeting to urge school officials to reconsider the decision.

Beyond the obvious connection with the timing of the incidents, Higgins said nothing suggests the vandalism was retaliation.

“We can’t say that there is a connection because we don’t have that information,” she said.

Last Wednesday during the protest, a student also pulled the fire alarm, which sent hundreds of students into the streets surrounding the school.

Principal Tom Jama has since issued a stern warning to students that disruptive and destructive behavior will not be tolerated.

Higgins said school officials are reviewing surveillance tapes.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.