Alta Sierra Elementary vandalized repeatedly |

Alta Sierra Elementary vandalized repeatedly

Alta Sierra Elementary School has been vandalized three times over the past two months, leaving the staff frustrated and angry and students demoralized.

“The first one was the very first day of school,” said Principal Shar Johns. “We walked in, and we had been graffitied with some really ugly, inappropriate, sad things. The next time was Back To School night, which was Sept. 2. We came back the next day and had been hit again by graffiti on the playground.”

In that incident, graffiti damaged a big painted map of the United States, Johns said.

“We had to shut down the library for the day to do the cleanup, and so the kindergartners missed their first day of library,” Johns said.

The most recent vandalism was Saturday, Johns said.

“Someone got in with a small ATV or some kind of motor vehicle and spun cookies in our field – dug up our field,” she said.

The damage will impact a jogathon scheduled for Friday, Johns said. “It’s really been disheartening … and it makes our kids really sad,” she added. “We’re beginning to feel a little bit picked on.”

The Pleasant Ridge School District is seeking the help of the public in identifying the people responsible. Anyone with information can call Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy David DeVogelaere or use the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME or

Information provided using the WeTip service that leads to a conviction could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

“We are working on security measures,” Johns said. “But in a year when funds are tight, to have to put money toward that is disheartening.”

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