Skateboarders Thought to Have Damaged School Property: Brecksville Police Blotter

The following information was supplied by the Brecksville Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following incident was reported by the Brecksville Police Department on Dec. 11. The information was compiled from a police report.

A custodian at Chippewa Elementary School reported that skateboarders had rolled their way back to school property again. He called police around 9:30 a.m. Dec. 11 after noticing two sandstone benches were damaged the night before.

The benches, located on the west side of the building, are not monitored by security cameras. The custodian said the school installed anti-skateboarding devices on the front edge of both benches four years ago because the school had trouble with skateboarding on school property in the past. The left corner had been broken off both benches, resulting in chipped sandstone. The reporting officer noted the brackets appear to have been removed by a hammer.

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Michelle McKenzie December 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Skateboarding is not a crime and skateboarders are not criminals. Skateboarders are kids perfecting a skill. I admire their efforts. Ok, so sometimes, in an effort to find the next level of difficulty a bench may be damaged. But instead of installing "anti-skateboarding" devices, installing camera monitors or calling the police, maybe the schools should consider building some area where skateboarders can practice their craft. The school has a football field, track and basketball court. An ice rink is found for hockey. These kids are just pursuing their own sport...and trying to find a place to practice.


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