Students admit tipping toilets |

Students admit tipping toilets

Danie Harrelson

— Area youths pushed over one portable toilet too many.

As many as 10 Steamboat Springs High School students might be implicated in the vandalism that has made it difficult for Steve Weinland to serve his clients.

Weinland’s Royal Flush Industries provides construction sites throughout Routt County with portable sanitation services.

Toilet tippers have regularly visited construction sites since August, but a Nov. 4 rash of 30 vandalized portable toilets cost Weinland at least $2,000.

“When the first one was pushed over, we thought, as anybody, ‘Ha, ha,'” Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said. “But then it went on to an extent that was really affecting this person’s (Weinland’s) ability to run his business.”

Three students admitted their role in the vandalism to School Resource Officer Jason Patrick and mentioned up to seven more students, Fiebing said.

Students apparently went back and forth in their efforts to tip over more toilets, he said.

“To me, it’s a prank that got out of control,” he said.

Fiebing suggested the vandals’ parents would be involved in resolving the issue but did not specify any particular punishment.

“I hope they learn their lesson and won’t push over any more,” he said.

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