May 25, 2024
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By Erik Pindera

RIVER East Transcona school division is suing the parents of two teenagers for damaging and breaking into a local primary school during summer vacation.

In a recent lawsuit, the district alleges that the teens forced their way in to Bird’s Hill School, East St. Paul, during summer 2022 and damaged windows, computers and splattered painted. They also set off an extinguisher.

According to the division, there are approximately 200 children enrolled in this elementary school from Kindergarten to Grade 5.

On Oct. 3, Winnipeg’s Fillmore Riley LLP, a law firm specializing in insurance claims and litigation, filed a statement of claim for the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench on behalf of Manitoba School Division.

No defence statement has been submitted in response to these allegations.

Free Press does not name the teenagers — underage when the damage was allegedly caused — nor their parents. The legal documents do not indicate how old they are.

It is claimed that the teens went after-hours to 3950 Raleigh St., East St. Paul, on the 4th of July 2022, and forced their way into the school.

The legal documents state that “some furniture, school supply, books, electronic devices, and other school items were damaged or covered with paint, broken glass or otherwise, and needed cleaning, repair or replacement.”

According to the lawsuit, cleaning, repairing, and replacing damaged buildings and their contents cost the division money.

Insurance company for the division argues that the parents were negligent in failing to adequately supervise their teens and in failing to stop them damaging school property.

According to the law, if property belonging to a school district is damaged or destroyed by an intentional or negligent child or their parent or guardian, then they are responsible for that loss.

In the lawsuit, $21,060 is sought for repair costs, $2,216 in damages and destruction, and interest and court costs.

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