Sixth Grader Helps Fight Vandalism

RENO, Nev. -- Vandals have struck the sleepy neighborhood at Plumb and Sharon, this time hitting a local elementary school. Thanks to a local crime fighter, police have evidence that could help them catch the culprits.

"Who would graffiti an elementary school? It's just the worst thing you can do," Josh Michaels, Jessie Beck sixth grade student said.

At just 12 years old, Josh Michaels knows that when something doesn't look right, he needs to step up and exercise his due diligence.

"There were kindergartners staring at pictures that were too inappropriate to see," he said.

While other students sat and watched, idly, Michaels took matters in his own hands.

"I went to take pictures of the graffiti because I knew it wasn't right and I had to show someone the graffiti was here and I had to speak up about it," he said.

Inappropriate images and words blanketed the walls and windows of Jessie Beck Elementary, a five-star rated school that had new renovations done just last summer.

"To graffiti something is the worst thing you could do because you're ruining something else."

You don't have to be an expert to be a crime-fighter--all it took was a kid with a camera, who wanted to help the community.

"As long as I'm doing the right thing I don't care what other people say."

For Josh Michaels, that's enough.

"If you do the right thing, other people will do the right thing later on."

If you have any information about the vandalism, you are asked to call Secret Witness at 322-4900.

Rewards are offered to reports on acts of vandalism, like graffiti, if it leads to an arrest.


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