Three students have been arrested for crashing a display of over 1,800 food cans at an Alaskan food bank.
This really sucks. First, this was at an event for Food Bank Alaska, which means these are cans of food that will eventually find their way to the mouths that need them the most. And now they’re probably going to have thrown away a bunch of cans just because some punk kids thought it would be funny to smash a display at Dimond Center Call.
And second, the display was put up by fellow students from Dimond High School, which means these kids were really just hurting their own classmates.
According to a report from The Associated Press, three juveniles were arrested last week on suspicion that they took it upon themselves to perform the worst kind of vandalism. Food Bank Alaska holds an annual “Canstructure” competition where they invite people to create interesting sculptures and displays made out of food cans. The intent is to raise awareness of the food bank in a fun and interesting way and get people to donate canned food.
You can see several colorful designs posted on Food Bank Alaska’s Facebook page here. Note that the competition is open to all, and not only did engineers from Dimond High enter, but also several architecture and engineering firms.
Police know that the incident occurred last Sunday when three kids threw themselves bodily at a waist-high display from Dimond High. Two of the juvenile suspects are from Dimond High, while the third is home-schooled.
The display contained 1,800 food cans valued at roughly $2,300. The press reports that many of the cans were damaged, which means that the food bank likely won’t be able to keep them. Dented cans can cause tiny ruptures in the cans that allow bacteria to enter and spoil the food contained within.
So for a few cheap laughs, these kids are wasting thousands of dollars in good food. It’s hard to see what part of this story is worse: the petty vandalism or the food waste.
The three suspects were handed over to juvenile authorities and charged with vandalism. There’s been no update on their status since then.