VANDALS ran riot at Motherwell’s Cathedral Primary School at the weekend.
Nineteen windows were smashed with bricks, including several classroom windows, leaving rooms out of bounds on Monday morning.
The culprits also targeted the school’s toilets, breaking the windows and throwing mud inside.
In addition, an outdoor storage box was broken into and tools strewn around the grounds. The rampage took place between 3pm on Saturday and 7am on Monday.
A major clean-up operation got underway to ensure areas were safe for the children, with alternative arrangements put in place while repairs were carried out at the toilets.
The vandalism, thought to have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, was slammed by North Lanarkshire Council.
A spokesman said: “This is utterly mindless vandalism.
“Three classrooms were out of commission on Monday morning, but staff rallied round to ensure there was minimal disruption.
“Some of the toilets were also unusable, but alternative arrangements were made.”
PC James Ruddell, of Motherwell Police Office’s community safety department, appealed for witnesses to get in touch.
He said: “Smashing school windows is not a victimless crime as the windows are replaced at the expense of the taxpayer.
“Every penny spent repairing damage is a penny that cannot be spent on valuable resources for the school.
“I would ask anyone who knows who did this to contact the police so we can find the person or child and show them the consequence of their actions.”
Pupils and staff have only a few months left at the building. The school will be moving to a new £19.3 million shared campus on Milton Street with Firpark School and Daisy Park Community Centre in August.
Witnesses or anyone with information regarding the vandalism is urged to call Motherwell Police Office on 483000.