Police released video Wednesday of the suspects wanted for destroying parts of North Highland Elementary in northwest Oklahoma City. The crime happened only weeks before the first day of school, leaving Oklahoma City Public School officials scrambling to clean-up the mess.
District officials said it will take weeks to clean-up the damage done last Friday.
Cameras in the school's hallways captured what appeared to be five to six juveniles walking in the school and strolling from room to room. At one point in the video, one of the suspects is seen smiling while he is carrying a fire extinguisher into one of the rooms.
Classrooms, offices and costly equipment were destroyed. Paint was splattered on walls and police said valuable items were taken.
“There was a pair of Kevin Durant shoes that were taken from the school,” said Msgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “That’s among other things that were taken.”
District officials are assessing the damage but do not have a dollar estimate. The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools has been taking calls from concerned citizens wanting to know how they can help.
“We have set up a fund specifically for North Highland where community members can donate cash to help with supplies or whatever may be needed,” said Mary Melon, President and CEO, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Repair crews and district employees are handling the clean-up inside the school.
The website to donate funds is www.okckids.com. If you recognize anyone in the video contact Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300.
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