Heartless teens kill hundreds of animals during a high school break-in
- Three intruders broke into a Sydney school
- They killed ‘hundreds’ of aquatic animals
- Two axolotls were found in an alley
Three teens broke into a high school and wreaked havoc, killing hundreds of sea creatures.
The trio was caught on CCTV around 3 a.m. on Sunday breaking into Sydney Secondary College’s Balmain and Leichhardt campuses.
The teens spent nearly two hours vandalizing property on the Balmain campus.
The administration block, teachers’ rooms, classrooms, library and canteen were all destroyed in the disaster. news.com.au reported.
One of the rooms was home to the school’s marine animal collection with hundreds of killed fish, snails, yabbies, and aquatic plants.
Hundreds of fish were killed after three intruders invaded Sydney Secondary College’s Balmain campus on Sunday (pictured two axolotls that narrowly survived the attack)
The marine studies teacher’s two beloved axolotls named Olive and Mango were seriously injured and dumped in a nearby alley.
A local woman said she discovered the walking fish in a plastic container while on the popular Bay Run track.
She posted pictures of the creatures on Facebook, where they were recognized by school staff.
‘Thanks for finding them. Balmain high school was broken into last night,” one social media user wrote.
“They smashed most of our aquariums and killed almost all of our animals. The only animals stolen were our axolotls, their names are Olive and Mango.’
More than 30 computers and several doors and windows were damaged in the break-in, and personal belongings of teachers were destroyed.
Police confirmed that the Leichhardt campus was also vandalized.
In the aftermath of the break-in, an email detailing the attack was sent to the parents.
Principal Ingrid Koodrin said the intruders caused “major and deliberate damage in almost all areas of the school.”
“Worst of all, these individuals entered the marine study room where they smashed 32 of the 35 tanks and killed hundreds of fish, snails, yabbies and aquatic plants that were cared for by our students,” the email read.
“They then stole our two axolotls, one of whom was seriously injured when their tank was destroyed, and later dumped them in a nearby lane where they were thankfully discovered, just barely alive.”
Both the Balmain (above) and Leichhardt campuses suffered “extensive damage” from the break-in
“Many thanks to these community members who saved the lives of these rare creatures loved by Balmain students.”
NSW Police are investigating the break-in and are urging anyone who has seen suspicious activity in the area to contact them.
“Windows, doors and classrooms were damaged, along with… destroyed aquariums. It is not known whether any property has been stolen, a spokesman said.
“Officers from the Leichhardt Police Area Command have launched an investigation; While the investigation continues, anyone with information is urged to call Leichhardt Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
A NSW Department of Education spokeswoman said both campuses were heavily damaged by vandals.
“As this is now a police matter, it is inappropriate to comment further,” she said.
“The department is working closely with NSW Police regarding the incidents.”
The school said both campuses are ready to open for the start of Term Two on April 26.
Daily Mail Australia contacted the NSW Department of Education for comment.