After hearing Tuesday that several windows had been shot out at Gorham Middle School, a Gorham Town Councilor is asking parents to take action.

“I implore parents to take BB guns away from children before something serious happens,” said Phil Dugas, a town councilor and a former principal at Gorham High School.

Jim Hager, chairman of the Gorham School Committee, told councilors several windows at the middle school on Weeks Road had been vandalized recently by gunshots. Hager said several steel BBs were found on the ground and in between panes of window glass.

“I was informed by both Paul Kelly and Paul Roney and was told that the weapon used was a high-powered BB gun, probably a manual pump type as determined by the type of damage to the glass,” Hager said.

According to Hager, Roney, the director of facilities management for the Gorham schools, believed the windows were shot from close range. Windows targeted included those near the school’s main entrance, near the music room and near the front parking lot.

Hager asked the public to contact Gorham police if anyone is seen carrying a rifle in the area of the school. “When school property is damaged, it affects the entire community and the cost of repairs comes out of everyone’s pocket,” Hager said.

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