3 teens smash high school CANstruction project at Dimond Mall
Three teens were arrested this week after police say they deliberately crashed through an 1,800-can display at the Dimond Mall on Sunday.
Two Dimond High School students and a home-schooled student vandalized the project, which was part of the CANstruction event that helps raise canned food donations for the Food Bank of Alaska.
"That would devastate me," mall patron Christopher Lesemann said. "I mean, this is a lot of hard work for somebody to do and I wouldn't appreciate someone destroying my art just because kids want to be juveniles."
The project was the work of Dimond High School engineering students, according to Anchorage School District spokesperson Catherine Esary.
In an email sent to Dimond High families, principal Tina Johnson-Harris said the students spent more than three weeks on the project and raised more than $2,300 to buy the cans of food. Last Friday, the students put together the display in 8 and a half hours for the CANstruction competition against professional architects at Dimond Mall. On Sunday, it came crashing down.
A news release from the Anchorage Police Department stated school resource officers followed up on the case. The two Dimond students were arrested on Tuesday, March 26 and the home-schooled student was arrested on Wednesday, March 27. Charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice for all three.
"Although disappointing, it is a lesson of high expectation for good behavior at school and in the community," the Dimond High principal wrote. "I am grateful that our Dimond families reported the incident immediately. Dimond has taken appropriate school-level discipline due to this significant behavior in our community and the disruption caused in the school."
According to APD, many of the cans were damaged and it's not known how much, if any, will be able to be donated to the food bank. The suspects did not vandalize any of the other structures.
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