The authorities reported that there was vandalization in Vidalia Junior High School, Louisiana over the weekend, where the vandals looted the school, causing damage to a variety of electronic equipment, which includes computers, and projectors, printers, Smart Boards, and cameras. The damages that were made are believed to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range, and this number is expected to climb as more items are added to the list, members of the school board reported during an emergency held on Monday. According to the Chief Joey Merrill of the Vidalia Police Department acknowledged that the damage was extensive and estimated that it could cost “thousands” of dollars to restore them. According to natchezdemocrat.com.
He remarked that it was a considerable amount of work, he said, “It was a lot.” “They went into each and every classroom.” According to Merrill, the glass windows that led up to the building’s front doors had been shattered, and it appeared that every classroom in the structure had been affected. Merrill stated that it is unknown whether or not the classrooms were unlocked or whether or not they were broken into, and that the inquiry is still ongoing. Merrill also stated that the minors had been identified with the help of the video and that they had each been charged with burglary and vandalism. Due to the fact that they are still minors, no additional information about them was released.
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According to Merrill, video cameras captured three youths under the age of 17 entering the building and taking “minor items” that have since been returned. These youngsters were caught entering the building and taking these items. There was a continuous summer school program with the catchy name “Summer Bridge” was being offered by the institution. According to a notice on the website of the school board, the program that was scheduled to take place at Vidalia Junior High School on Monday and Tuesday has been called off.
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