CAPE MAY – Young vandals spray painted buildings and equipment at the Audubon Nature Center in Cape May New Jersey.
“We caught the children. They are minors,” said Gretchen Whitman, director of the center. She said Thursday the center was working with parents and police on a plan, which will likely include the children helping clean up.
The potential charges remain to be determined. Whitman was unwilling to divulge many details about the children and didn’t say how many were involved.
“I have met them. They have a lot of remorse. They are ashamed,” she said. “They are young, less than 12 years old.”
Officials from the Nature Center posted images of the damage on social media Wednesday afternoon.
Whitman discovered the damage Tuesday morning. It probably happened over the weekend. Photos posted on the centre’s Facebook page show graffiti and damage to boats, storage sheds, golf carts, signs with information on wildlife, damage inside a recreation area and Moreover. She said she hadn’t photographed some of the more graphic images.
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The center, in a direct message to Facebook, said its social media post helped determine who was responsible.
âVery young children do stupid things,â the center said.