Vandals smash 158 windows at Augusta's Copeland Elementary

Local officials spent Christmas Eve repairing windows at Copeland Elementary School on Jackson Road after vandals smashed 158 of them.

 

Louis Svehla, a spokesman for the Richmond County Board of Education, said crews repaired the windows with materials they had and have ordered replacements for the others.

Firefighters went to the school after receiving an alarm call Thursday night and saw the windows destroyed, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

Two people were seen walking though the parking lot carrying metal poles and they were questioned by sheriff’s deputies. The two subjects denied they broke the windows and claimed they had seen two people with baseball bats break the windows earlier.

According to the report, the two people carrying poles are suspects in the case but have not been charged.

Mr. Svehla said he did not know whether anyone had been charged in the incident, and additional information was not immediately available from the sheriff’s office.

He said it’s not rare for vandals to destroy school property during long weekends or holidays.

“Whenever we have extended breaks we do tend to have more occurrences than when we don’t,” he said. “During the week it doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue.”

 

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