Healdton city pool vandalized

HEALDTON, OK - A Texoma public pool has been hit by vandals several times over the past week, and pool staff said the repairs will cost thousands of dollars that they do not have.

What is usually a place for familes to have fun, has turned into a playground for vandals.

"They are jumping the fence, coming in pulling up chairs throwing them in the pool, taking the lifeguards seats, putting them in the pool," Healdton Industrial Authority General Manager Herb Collier said.

The Healdton city pool is owned by the HIA and Collier said the damage expenses for the recent vandalism could put them out of business for good if it doesn't stop.

"This pool operates at a loss," Collier said. "It's more of a benefit for the kids. The school's next door. They have actually been getting hit also."

"Kids I see come in, they have a whole bunch of fun here," Lifeguard Ashleah Teafatiller said. "This is where they spend time, so it would be bad if it had to be put down."

So far, no suspects have been named but the pool's staff is asking for help from the community.

"Probably some of the teenagers around this area," Teafatiller said. "Some kids like to pull pranks. I guess that's what kids do these days."

"I'm checking with kids," Collier said. "I have two daughters that are in school, they are checking with their friends, our lifeguards are 16 and 17-year-olds so they are checking with people. We are trying to get some stuff on at least a path to where we might be able to find out who is responsible for this."

The Healdton pool plans to close next week.

They will reopen July 28.


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  • by mom of 4 on Jul 18, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    I'm so disappointed that the one thing that keeps kids in this area entertained and out of trouble keeps getting tore up. A lot of parents can't afford to drive their kids to Ardmore to the splash pads, pool, movie theater etc. Lets keep what we have nice and not ruin this for everybody.
  • by boomer Location: boomer on Jul 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
    How can throwing junk in a pool hurt it fattys go in swim and get it or are you americans to lazy for that? Maybe the pool vaccum will suck it up.
  • by ManDo on Jul 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    I agree with johndo 100%.
  • by johndo Location: healdton on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM
    good Healdton is all was on the new
  • by Susan Location: Healdton on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    I think the pool being vandalized is a bad thing. The HIA does NOT own the pool. It belongs to the City of Healdton and its citezens. The HIA is leased it, The pool rates are the highest they have ever been and it is closed more then it it opened. Maybe people are just sick of this guys shananigans!?
  • by Bob Location: Healdton on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM
    This was supposed to have taken place in daylight. Really, and for a week straight? Chairs,candy,and windows adding up to a few thousand dollars.....Any insurance gonna be collected? hmmm
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