You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 5:06 p.m.

Saline Middle School vandals caught on camera, turned over to police

By Kyle Feldscher

Previous story: Vandals spray paint door and wall, break window at Saline Middle School

The two vandals who put paint on the door and walls of the main entryway and broke another window at Saline Middle School last night have been caught, according to the school’s principal.

Thumbnail image for saline_middle_school.jpg

Saline Middle School was hit by vandals Sunday night but everything was cleaned up before school started Monday.

Saline Middle School principal David Raft said two juveniles have been turned over to the Saline Police Department after they were identified on motion-activated security cameras.

He said between the damage done to the school and the time it took maintenance personnel to clean up, the vandals had caused about $500 worth of damage to the school.

“There’s motion-sensor cameras on the building and they walked right into it,” Raft said.

Saline police Sgt. Jay Basso said police do have two suspects right now, but could not confirm that they were in custody. He said police could not release more information because the case is still open.

A Saline Police Department report stated the incident occurred between 9 p.m. Sunday and 6:15 a.m. Monday. The report stated paint had been sprayed on the door and wall of the east entrance to the school, two small pine trees were uprooted and placed in front of the doors and a large tan planter containing a yellow mum plant was overturned. Parts of the mum plant were stuck into the door handles, the report stated.

Raft said the vandals used a paintball grenade launcher to shoot paint onto the building. The paint was not overly difficult to remove and was gone by the time classes began Monday morning.

The vandals also threw a brick through a door window in the south entrance to the building, according to the report. Raft said a new window had been put into the door by 10 a.m. Monday.

“I don’t think anyone could tell (there had been an incident),” Raft said. “Our grounds guys did an outstanding job and our lead custodian was amazing, he got right on it.”

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 8:40 p.m.

a little jail time? you people are so ridiculous. having these kids go through the court system is not a punishment for the will be a punishment for the parents. They will have to pay 1000 dollars in lawyer fees ...on top of another thousand for court fees. You think kids have that kind of money? no. So why are we always punishing the parents. Lets TEACH the kids something and try to understand why they did what they did. Have them do some cleaning of their own and see what its like. Cops should be doing actual police things not chasing around a bunch of kids. You think teaching kids a lesson should be coming out of your taxpayer dollars? Get a life and get over yourselves. These are KIDS, lets teach them and not punish parents

Fat Bill

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 10:42 p.m.

Saline remains one of the finest communities to raise a family in the entire area. Decent schools with heavy community involvement, a responsive city goverment focused on providing essential services in a balanced manner, and relatively little criminal activity in comparison to other small cities in the area. The vast majority of kids I know in Saline will be heading for a bright future...


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:15 p.m.

What does "Kids will be kids, right Saline Parents" inferring? Yet another attack on Saline I suspect. Sadly there is vandalism everywhere and it appears that we may have caught our vandals and are running the process through to completion as every community does. Not sure why this story warrants an attack on Saline. But it feels as though it's very popular lately to attack Saline. That's cool, go ahead, hope you feel good about it. It won't change what a great place Saline is. Those who criticize us should move to Saline. The people are nicer the air really is cleaner.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 5:36 p.m.



Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 12:54 p.m.

I don't know why everyone is talking about "SALINE", every community has its issues, Saline is a wonderful community and has wonderful schools...but that does not mean Saline is EVERY WHERE else Saline has issues. And it does not mean the kids parents are not good parents, i had wonderful parents, but still got into trouble, like most other kids do in their lives. A parent can not watch their child 24-7...


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 8:35 a.m.

More useless teen violence from saline.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 12:42 p.m.



Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 5:34 a.m.

Our "kids" need to be watched. My concern is that teens are accountable for much of the low level crime in the areas. It is likely due to lack of jobs. I want to know about the teenagers arrested for the beating of the Scio Church Swans, the police will NOT release names of the perps.

Macabre Sunset

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 8:34 a.m.

Lack of parenting, not lack of jobs.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:27 a.m.

Even though the article doesn't state the vandals were from Saline, this town and/or it's residents are making it into the news a lot lately, and not in a good way. What the heck is going on there?


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 2:50 a.m.

Kids will be kids, right Saline parents...?


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:42 a.m.

While you were worrying about Saline, probably you didn't notice the three adjacent articles concerning your EMU neighborhood: 1) a shooting 2) a stabbing 3) a deadley assault with a vehicle


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 2:15 a.m.

good you cant go been vandalizing stuff


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 1:48 a.m.

If only they had attended charter schools.....


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 12:19 a.m.

I bet these 2 are the only inmates not looking foward to getting out of jail. I know I wouldnt be looking foward to my parents picking me up had I done this.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

i did go to jail for it it was fun! like daycare! with great food and i recomend it!!


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:30 p.m.

screw you guys! i was one of those kids. FRAMED!!!


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 11:32 p.m.

Go get-em Saline Police, good job! Mr. Raft is proud of his grounds guys and the lead custodian. These vandals should pay double the amount it cost the school for repairs. (and spend some time in jail)

Mr. Ed

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 11:24 p.m.

Saline is making the news a lot.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 10:13 p.m.

Good. Vandalism is such a pointless crime that just wastes resources both human and capital. I'd like to see full resituition, community service celaning up vandalism and maybe even a little jail time, even if it's for just a few hours. I'd bet they'd learn a lot.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 9:32 p.m.

They might still have a life to go to - they didn't burn down an old barn.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

I wish had such detailed reporting on stories of substance.