Copeland Elementary School vandalized

Michael Holahan/Staff
Vandals broke 158 windows at Copeland Elementary School on Thursday.

School officials spent Christmas Eve making repairs at Copeland Elementary School on Jackson Road after vandals smashed 158 windows.

Louis Svehla, a spokesman for the Richmond County Board of Education, said crews fixed some 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 broken, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Two people who were seen walking though the parking lot carrying metal poles were questioned by sheriff's deputies.

They denied breaking the windows, though, and claimed they had seen two people with baseball bats breaking the windows earlier.

According to the report, the two people carrying poles are suspects but had 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.

A check of jail reports Friday night did not indicate that any arrests had been made.

Mr. Svehla 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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