DELTA (NEWS 1130) — Teens staying up all night drinking and causing trouble is a rite-of-passage before starting their senior year in Delta.
“Hell Night” is usually met with some light vandalism that’s easily cleaned up the next morning, but this year, on the night of September 3, several parks were damaged enough to leave the city with a $2,500 clean-up bill.
MORE: "Hell Night" happened Sept. 3rd. Damage to several parks totalled $2,500. Vandalism at 5 schools totalled $3,000. @deltapolice are looking for footage to help identify those responsible for the damage.
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Three parks were hit with graffiti: Pebble Hil Park, Chalmers Park, and Delta Gymnastics/Ladner Skate Park. The city had to bring a specialist into the skatepark to remove the graffiti without ruining the surface for skateboarders.
Overnight, the teens also targeted five schools with graffiti, including: Hawthorne Elementary, Holly Elementary, Annieville Elementary, McCloskey Elementary and Delta Secondary School. The school board says it will cost around $3,000 to repair.
Delta police are investigating due to the extent of the damage, and the city and school have turned over video evidence that might help them find the culprits.
Police will also be working with school principals and staff to stop things from getting out of hand in the years to come.