Minor in custody, charged with felony after Bowie HS vandalism


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A minor was taken into custody on charges related to vandalism at James Bowie High School that left hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to a tweet by Austin Independent School District Chief of police Ashley Gonzalez.

The juvenile was charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree, which AISD says covers damages of $30,000 to 150,000.

On Dec. 13, students and staff arrived at James Bowie High School to discover about 80 windows in the building shattered. Glass windows and doors in front of the main building, gym and academic wings were damaged, AISD spokesperson Cristina Nguyen told KXAN.

Classes were canceled for two days as crews worked on clean up and repairs of the windows. Security camera photos were released showing a suspect in a dark jacket and shorts. 

On campus Thursday, the incident seemed to be a bigger deal for adults than the students. 

“Honestly, when it first happened a lot of us thought it was really cool. You know we got the two days off. But now it’s starting to hit about really the damage this guy did. A lot of the students don’t really think twice about it,” Harrison Louis, a senior at Bowie High School, told KXAN. 

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