Bowie students raise security concerns after massive school vandalism


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Bowie High School students tell us they’ve lost their sense of security after a man vandalized the school causing $200,000 in damage.

It’s already caused them to miss two days of class. 

But on Friday night, they got to feel normal again, cheering on the school’s basketball team.

KXAN spoke to students both at the game and at their homes. Many of them are still shaken up about the massive destruction that occurred at their school yesterday.

All eyes are on the court and the Bowie Bulldogs, a welcome change to what students have been seeing online.

“I know this is not anywhere near as severe as a school shooting, but it makes you realize that it could happen anywhere,” said Sophia Bastian, a sophomore at Bowie.

Classes have been canceled for the past two days after a man smashed dozens of windows. Police are still working to identify him.

“It’s obviously somebody had been planning this and have been very very angry,” Bastian said.

The basketball game was relocated to a neutral site since the Bowie school grounds are still off limits. The uncertainty also extends home.

Theresa Bastian, the VP for the parent-student-teacher association and mother to two Bowie students says this throws a wrench in her daughter’s studies.

“For one person to come in and basically try to shut it down or change the narrative away from our kid’s successes is very frustrating,” Theresa Bastian said.

And her daughter points out the additional safety concerns when she heads back to class

“I think it makes you snap into reality because you feel like you’re so far away from what you see on social media, you don’t think that’s going to happen in me,” Bastian said.

Bastian says catching the vandal will help her feel comfortable at school again, but what she really wants is for her administration to start paying closer attention to the mental health needs of the student body.

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