LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) announced that multiple school campuses were vandalized this weekend, just hours before the school year was set to begin.
LUSD said they found windows broken, student computers and supplies stolen and rooms vandalized on Sunday.
These supplies had reportedly been staged to be given to students who were unable to pick them up the week before.
“This is devastating news. We worked very hard over the summer to obtain enough computers and have them delivered and ready for kids to start school on Monday. We pre-ordered early and were quickly prepared,” said Superintendent Trevor McDonald.
LUSD said they will now have to reorder computers, but it's hard to say when they will be delivered.
“There’s obviously a huge demand for student computers and most are back-ordered,” said John Karbula, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. “We will work diligently to try to recover the stolen computers, repair them, sanitize them, and get them back to our students.”
LUSD is working with the Lompoc Police Department to recover the students’ supplies and computers.
“Our staff acted quickly this weekend to repair the damage to buildings, clean up the messes made by the vandals, re-secure our facilities and return their focus to Monday as it is our first day of school,” said Deputy Superintendent Bree Valla.
The school district urges community members to report any suspicious behaviors or actions they might have witnessed on or around school campuses to police immediately.