By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW – Classes were suspended recently at Huntington Elementary School, 17752 Kennebec, after someone allegedly flooded the school with water from its outdoor garden hose.
At 8:15 a.m. Nov. 15 police responded to the school after Director of Operations Gary Kennedy reported that the garden hose had been rerouted into one of the classrooms through an air-conditioning vent and turned it on from the outside, flooding most of the school.
The water apparently had run most of the night.
The wood floor of the gym was damaged and two classroom carpets were ruined. Several computer cords and accessories in the office were also destroyed.
Riverview Supt. Dennis Desmarais said employees discovered the flooding at 6 a.m. and canceled school for the day 15 minutes later.
Classes resumed the following day as normal, Desmarais said, adding that the school never has had a similar incident of vandalism before.
“We’ve not had this happen at all,” Desmarais said, “but we will do everything we can to prevent it from happening again.”
As a precaution, the Riverview Community School District has cut off the water to the outside spigots of all its schools.
No suspects or witnesses were located.
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