Police were called on Sunday night to Eau Claire’s Memorial High School for a reported disturbance.
When they arrived, officers found damage at the school and four people were taken into custody.
Bridget Coit with the Eau Claire Police Department says the damage at memorial also involved construction equipment on site, including tools and even a cement mixer, which was knocked over.
Police say all the damage was caused by four juveniles, ranging in age from eight to 10 years old.
Coit said authorities also found numerous little fires around the building and the rooftop, which were started with chemicals and a blowtorch.
“They spray painted green graffiti with obscenities and inappropriate pictures on the memorial building along with some of the construction equipment itself. Sadly, the juveniles had also located birdhouses from around the school, removed the baby birds from those birdhouses and killed those baby birds,” said Coit.
Eau Claire Area School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck released a statement about the vandalismthanking Eau Claire Police for its work in the investigation
And, saying in part: “We also want to remind all children and families the importance of making good choices and engaging in responsible behavior, both during the school year and over summer break.”