Posted: Nov 13, 2012 6:34 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2012 6:55 PM
WESLACO - A Weslaco man says high school students are responsible for vandalism at his property.
Saul Chavez's business is only a quarter mile away from Weslaco High School. He said every school day students skip school and hide in his property. He wants the problem to stop.
"These kids should be in school," Chavez said. He has owned the property for 40 years.
"Yesterday, I caught ... five of them," Chavez said.
Chavez said he calls police when he finds students on his property. He said the truants deface his property with graffiti and trash. He also has found drug paraphernalia.
Chavez showed a CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew a vandalized SUV. Vandals spray painted the inside of the vehicle.
He said the teenagers trek into his property from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"They jump across and then they jump through that fence. They've got that clear path. Where are they coming from? They're coming from the school," Chavez said.
The CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew saw two girls walking back to the high school from a nearby warehouse.
Police routinely make rounds, but the students scatter before they can be arrested, he said.
Chavez wants the Weslaco school district to step in and end the problem.
Weslaco Independent School District Superintendent Ruben Alejandro said he was not aware of the problem.
"All WHS staff are constantly vigilant to curtail students leaving school property during school hours. Nevertheless, some students still manage to leave. We encourage these businesses to continue working with the school to identify these students and together stop students from leaving school during school hours," Alejandro said.
Chavez said he will continue to make calls for help.