WEST LINN, Ore. -- Vandals smashed 60 jack-o-lanterns made by the students of a West Linn grade school, police said.
The pumpkins were carved and decorated by students of the Three Rivers Charter School, at 4975 Willamette Falls Drive, and were destroyed Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to Detective Mike Francis of the West Linn Police Department. Each pumpkin had been made to look like the student who created it.
"When something happens in your life that you have some choices to make about getting angry or writing a letter or punching your pillow, it's really about bullying and how you handle bullying," said Three Rivers Principal Katherine Holtgraves.
The principal at Bolton Primary School in West Linn said someone smashed several pumpkins on display outside that school, too. Francis said the two incidents were likely related. Bolton is located at 5933 Southwest Holmes Road.
Vandals also destroyed several Halloween displays around the neighborhood and at least one car was damaged, apparently after a pumpkin was thrown at it, Francis said.
Police were looking for three teenagers who left the area in a white, four-door sedan, possibly a Honda.
"While this is the season for ghouls and goblins, these are not harmless pranks but criminal activity," Francis said. He added that police are taking a "crowdsourcing approach" to finding the people responsible.
"Often times those who commit these kind of crimes will post about it on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Vine, and Instagram," he said. "If you have information regarding these incidents or have seen social media posts regarding them please contact Sgt. Stradley or Detective Francis"
He added that screen captures of the posts are especially helpful.