Vandals hit Nuuk school


Vandalism is on the rise in Nuuk and it now involves younger and younger kids, say police.

Two weeks ago, a group of young kids wreaked havoc on a recreation center at Ukaliusaq School in downtown Nuuk.

Teachers at the school say they have never seen such extensive damage before — although it’s common for windows to be broken on a daily basis.

“We should be using our money to buy materials for kids, like new books, supplies and computers, but instead we have to spend this money to pay for damages,” said Ukaliusaq’s vice-principal, Bodil Kreutzmann.

Vandalism occurs more frequently in Nuuk compared to other places in Greenland, and it’s often linked to paydays, when money flows into families. In the past, incidents of vandalism mainly involved 14 to 16 year-olds.

Police and social services in Nuuk say they know who is responsible for the recent havoc at the school, but they’re faced with a difficult situation: the behaviour of the kids is so out-of-control that institutions and foster homes don’t want them.

This means social services are considering family treatment programs for the young offenders, which are not yet widely available in Nuuk.

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