PENDLETON – Pendleton Police removed two rusted and inoperable rifles found by youth trespassing on a roof at Sherwood Heights Elementary School Wednesday evening. Just two staff, but no students, were in the building at the time, and no one was injured or in danger.Pendleton School District Assistant Superintendent Tricia Mooney said a school secretary heard footsteps on the roof of the school, and went outside to tell the trespassers to come down. The youth then ran off went and told an adult, who reported the incident to police, who safely addressed the situation. It is unknown how the rifles got onto the roof of the school on Southwest Marshall Avenue, and school staff and administrators were unaware of the details of the situation until today.“School and student safety and security are a top priority for the Pendleton School District,” Mooney said. “The District maintains a cooperative working relationship with the Pendleton Police Department, and we take these issues seriously.”Mooney said the incident highlights the need for a new building at Sherwood, which will be constructed with new safety and security features, including less accessibility to trespassers over the next two years thanks to a bond passed by voters last fall. In the meantime, the District is looking into temporary modifications to avoid future roof access by non-authorized people.
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