School and law enforcement officials credit a Bethel School District maintenance worker for helping to end a recent rash of school vandalism cases.
On Nov. 16, a vandal began targeting the Bethel High, Bethel Middle School, and Shining Mountain Elementary School area. On at least five occasions, the vandal broke several windows at the complex, causing over $4,000 in damage.
Maintenance worker Jason Botsford’s diligence helped catch the culprit. School officials said he searched district surveillance cameras and provided a detailed video that allowed Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies to make an arrest.
In an email to the district, Deputy Art Centoni, said Jason’s ”duty to public safety and dedication is a positive sign of Bethel School District’s commitment to quality service.”
Another deputy and district School Resource Officer Vickie Morrison said it was “through his motivation and outstanding knowledge of his job, [that] Jason helped solve these cases.”
On average, Bethel Schools report about $1,000 in vandalism each month, which represents a major reduction over the last several years, school district officials say. They attribute the reduced vandalism to the immediate clean up of damage and graffiti, along with the efforts of local police.