Vandals start fire at Paso Robles middle school

June 3, 2022


Vandals started a fire and painted graffiti at Lewis Middle School in Paso Robles sometime Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Superintendent Curt Dubost.

Though the vandals attempted to start several fires, they were only successful in starting a fire outside the 200 Building. The fire resulted in smoke damage to the outside of two classrooms.

While the two damaged classrooms will be closed until Monday, the school remains in session.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the vandalism to contact the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.

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Aside from the obvious improvements schools must implement to improve safety and security for students & staff, can we invest in intrusion detection and night-capable surveillance video cameras? For the sizeable monetary investment that communities have in their schools and the very visible role they play in those communities, one would think we could better protect them from vandalism and theft.

Too bad the police can’t effectively do what’s needed to stop criminal activity. They may unintentionally hurt the criminals feelings if they did.