Onalaska man offers reward in vandalism case at neighborhood school

An Onalaska man who lives near a school that was vandalized is offering a reward to catch the person or people responsible.

Northern Hills Elementary is undergoing a major remodel, but some of the school’s walls, floors and windows were tagged with graffiti over the weekend.

Police asked that we not show the actual damage because they don’t want to jeopardize the investigation.

The investigation got a big boost Wednesday from neighbor Jim Nelson who is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.  

“It sends a message that we aren’t going to tolerate these things. Too many times we say it’s just mischief or they made a mistake, we can grant that to a degree, but I came forward because I think mischief has to have some accountability also,” said Nelson.

Cleaning up the damage will cost the school between $5,000-6,000.