PENDLETON, Ore. - The Pendleton School District is reviewing security features at an elementary school after two kids trespassed on the roof and found two rifles.
Pendleton police removed the two rusted and inoperable rifles Wednesday from the roof at Sherwood Heights Elementary School. Just two staff members, no students, were in the building at the time. No one was injured or in danger.
A school secretary first heard footsteps on the roof and went outside to tell the trespassers to come down. The kids ran off and told an adult, who then reported the incident to police.
Pendleton police aren't sure how the rifles got onto the roof.
“School and student safety and security are a top priority for the Pendleton School District. The District maintains a cooperative working relationship with the Pendleton Police Department, and we take these issues seriously,” said Assistant Superintendent Tricia Mooney.
Mooney says this highlights the need for a new building at Sherwood, which will be constructed with new safety and security features, including less accessibility to trespassers. Voters passed a bond for the new school last fall.
In the meantime, the District wants to add temporary modifications to help keep people off the roof.