Officials look into vandalism at West

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By David Giuliani

Is it school spirit that’s gone way too far?

Last night, someone spray-painted red and black graffiti over the exterior walls of West Las Vegas High School. Red and black are Robertson High School’s colors. This week is Robertson’s homecoming.

Police Chief Gary Gold, who is also a West school board member, said school officials are coming up with an estimate of the damage, but he speculates that it’s in the thousands of dollars.

Gold said school officials discovered the vandalism when they came to work this morning. He said West has a security guard who works the graveyard doing patrols at all of the district’s schools in city limits. The chief said he is not sure why the guard didn’t discover the damage during the course of the night.

Superintendent Jim Abreu said this morning that he was trying to find out more about the guard’s rounds last night.

The school also has security cameras, so the authorities are going to view the tapes to see if they can determine who the culprit is, Gold said.

A night earlier, an assistant principal at Robertson reported that his car was damaged with yellow spray-paint at his house in the Legion Drive area, Gold said.

Anyone with information about these crimes can call Crime Stoppers at 454-8884. A caller can remain anonymous and get a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.