At least three of the juveniles caught on camera vandalizing Capshaw Middle School last week are the children of Santa Fe police officers.
Capt. Aric Wheeler confirmed Thursday that investigators were interviewing the juveniles, ages 12 to 16, after police and Capshaw school officials identified them.
The juveniles’ names weren’t released Thursday, he said, because none has been officially charged and because police are still investigating what the boys did and how many were involved in the break-ins July 17 and July 21 at the southeast-side school.
The juveniles’ parents aren’t participating in the investigation as police officers, Wheeler said. “They are strictly parents as far as the investigation goes,” he said.
Video from the July 17 break-in shows four boys wearing hoods and masks inside Capshaw, tearing clocks off walls, riding around in a shopping cart and spraying fire extinguishers. The boys could face charges of burglary, criminal damage to property and conspiracy, according to police.
Wheeler said interviews with the juveniles involved will help determine the official charges. The boys identified by police in the video are students at Capshaw Middle School, and none has any prior criminal history, according to Wheeler.
In the July 21 break-in, the boys allegedly broke a window, spray painted walls, shattered several trophy cases and spread ketchup and pickles on the gym floor, according to police reports.
Investigators have determined that several of the boys from the first break-in also were involved in the second, along with other juveniles.
Tom Sullivan, Santa Fe Public Schools’ acting superintendent, said school officials have estimated $3,000 in damage.
“It’s just very frustrating when we’re trying to get ready for the upcoming year and something like this sets you back,” Sullivan said earlier this week.
Sullivan said he and the principals of Capshaw and Santa Fe High School are in talks about school-based discipline against the juveniles.
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