BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Vandalism at a school in Brighton may be connected to a string of shootings in the city Halloween night.

Two windows were shot out with a BB gun at Brighton High School’s pool late Saturday night, sending shards of glass in and around the pool.

“So they’ve had to drain it and they’re going to wait until it dries to clean it,” Carl Diehl, Brighton High School’s swim coach, told CBS4 Wednesday. “Then they’ll refill it probably not until a week from Friday.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The school has closed its pool until repairs are completed. With swim season set to begin in just a couple weeks, the Brighton Recreation Center reserved a few of its pool’s lanes to allow the school’s swim teams to practice.

“It is so generous for the rec center to open these lanes for us,” said Chaziti Eaton, Brighton High School senior and swim team member. “But it’s just really hot here and it’s definitely a lot more crowded and there’s a lot more noise so it’s hard to hear our coach.”

The pool at the Brighton Recreation Center (credit: CBS)

The pool at the Brighton Recreation Center (credit: CBS)

Coach Diehl echoed some of those frustrations during Wednesday night’s practice.

“The water is a little too warm and we don’t want to overheat them, but at least we’re getting in some water time,” Diehl said.


Brighton Police cannot say for certain if the incident at the school is related to the shootings of more than 30 car windows in the city that same night, but they’re not ruling it out. Right now investigators do not have any suspect information, but Sara Pomrenke, a mother of a student at Brighton High School, believes some kids are up to no good.

CBS4's Kelly Werthmann interviews parent Sara Pomrenke (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann interviews parent Sara Pomrenke (credit: CBS)

“It is not funny, it’s criminal,” Pomrenke told CBS4. “They need to be held accountable.”

Additional Information From The Brighton Police Department

If you have any information on the window shootings, please call the Brighton Police Department tip line: (303) 655-8740.

Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team in 2012 as the morning reporter, covering national stories like the Aurora Theater Shooting and devastating Colorado wildfires. She now reports for CBS4 News at 10 and is always open to story ideas. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @KellyCBS4.