Vandals cause damage at RRHS One youth charged

The OPP is investigating vandalism that occurred early Saturday morning at Rainy River High School.
Construction workers, who had arrived at the school that morning to do some work, discovered smoke and found a fire burning in one of the school’s offices, police reported Monday morning.
The fire was quickly extinguished by the workers, who then found a substantial amount of damage had been caused to property and equipment throughout the school.
School officials were notified immediately, who, in turn, contacted the Rainy River OPP. Police were called to the school at 6:50 a.m. to start their investigation.
A young person, who cannot be identified, has been charged and released pending a future court appearance, police said, and their investigation is continuing.
Detachment investigators are being assisted by the Kenora Forensic Identification Unit, North West Region Rural and Agricultural Crime Team, and the North West Region Crime Unit.
Raymond Roy, superintendent of plant operations and maintenance for the Rainy River District School Board, said Monday morning that the damage done was “fairly extensive.”
He noted the board has had a crew at the school cleaning it up since Saturday.
“Opening the school is still on schedule. We don’t anticipate this will delay that,” Roy said. “But there’s going to be a lot of work to do in the next couple weeks.”
Roy stressed the incident is under investigation, and couldn’t reveal any more details of the damage done at this time.
He also noted the school board has not yet received a dollar estimate of the damage, either.