Classes resume Monday at Bowie High, search for vandal continues

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District confirmed to KXAN on Sunday that classes at Bowie High School will continue on schedule Monday December 17 following vandalism — lots of broken glass on campus — last week. 

AISD police released video Thursday of a suspect in a dark hoodie throwing objects at windows and glass doors at the school. 

In total, AISD says around 80 windows were broken and currently the district estimates the total damage will require between $150,000 and $200,000 in repairs.

AISD canceled classes at Bowie HS on Thursday and Friday after damage that happened overnight. The district said the shattered glass exposed adhesive from the school’s original construction which contained asbestos. Crews have been working to remove the broken glass and install plexiglass and plywood to the damaged spots. 

AISD confirmed Sunday that the cleaning process is complete.

“We are thankful for the dedicated work of both Austin ISD staff and contractors to ensure the safety of students and staff returning to the campus,” the district said in an email. 

The district added that they do not have any updates on the investigation at this time, but they are still encouraging the public to come forward with any tips. AISD police are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect captured in the videos and photos to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.

Bowie High School Students are in the middle of finals, AISD said that they have a revised finals schedule for this upcoming week so that no make-up days are necessary. 

Real Life Church of Austin has had it’s service’s at Bowie High School for the past seven years, but because of the vandalism the church had to relocate this Sunday to Baldwin Elementary School, seven miles away. 

“Being a part of a portable church is like being a part of life, you gotta be flexible and the only thing you can count on is change,” laughed Micah Davidson, the lead pastor for Real Life Church in Austin. 

Davidson has children who go to Bowie High School as well. Once he heard about the vandalism he figured some schedule changes could be afoot. 

“We knew the administration couldn’t do anything about that, and we also know that church means people, not a building, and we were able to move people to that spot,” he explained. 

Davidson added that his congregation is keeping the students at Bowie and the district leaders looking into the vandalism in their thoughts. 

“Our heart went out to the administration and the people that make such a difference in the community by teaching our kids,” he said. 

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