Copeland Elementary School vandalized

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

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

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."

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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crackertroy
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crackertroy 12/26/09 - 09:20 am
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No arrests, no reports, why
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No arrests, no reports, why bother when the taxpayers are paying the bill? There goes another teacher the RCBOE could have hired. Windows aren't cheap.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 12/26/09 - 09:26 am
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"Two people who were seen
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"Two people who were seen walking though the parking lot carrying metal poles were questioned by sheriff's deputies." HERE'S A LITTLE DRAMATIZATION= RCPD Deputy: "So, uhhh what're you two kids doing in this parking lot with those metal poles?" Suspects: "Nuthin, but we just seen two people with bats go that way (points)." RCPD Deputy: "Which way'd you say they went?" Suspects: "That way" (points again). RCPD Deputy: "Thank you sirs, I'd better see if I can catch'em you two have a Merry Christmas and be careful with those metal poles." RCPD Deputy goes in pursuit in the direction the two suspects pointed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/26/09 - 09:36 am
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I'm sure the RCSO is working

I'm sure the RCSO is working on this. I wonder if the metal poles would have evidence on the ends of them. I hope the officer confiscated them. We are talking damage in the tens of thousands of dollars.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/26/09 - 09:57 am
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The brats! Where are these

The brats! Where are these kids parents? The parents should foot the bill for this even if they have to pay for the next 20 years. Two kids just happen to be walking around each carrying a baseball bat??!! C'mon!!! What baseball game were they going to?

dani
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dani 12/26/09 - 10:16 am
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JOhnQ, they were carrying

JOhnQ, they were carrying metal poles.

JustMe
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JustMe 12/26/09 - 10:55 am
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Are you insinuating the

Are you insinuating the police are not doing their jobs???If there is no eye witness what would you suggest that they do? Here you go blaming other people for what someone else is doing. It is the parents not instilling in their children any morals. Hopefully they will find some proof If the kids were arrested without proof then everyone would be screaming profiling!!!

dani
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dani 12/26/09 - 11:29 am
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If parents don't have morals,

If parents don't have morals, can they instill morals in their children? ....Just wondering.

teapot
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teapot 12/26/09 - 01:43 pm
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find them, charge them, try

find them, charge them, try them, if found guilty, execute them.

give the others something to think about.

belle
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belle 12/26/09 - 01:45 pm
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What children are you
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What children are you referring to???? The report says two people, not juveniles. Yesterday it said two men. If people were properly punished for their disrespectful behaviour society would see a switch in a positive direction.

dani
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dani 12/26/09 - 02:04 pm
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belle, My adult children are

belle, My adult children are still my children.

jack
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jack 12/26/09 - 04:07 pm
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They need to check out these

They need to check out these people's clothing to see if there is any glass on them.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/26/09 - 04:54 pm
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The opportunity for checking

The opportunity for checking for evidence is long gone -
poles probably had glass fragments and the clothes might have had some too.
It is beyond me why the deputy/ies did not go beyond talking to these two. Metal poles - longer than bats for sure. And, looking at the picture of the broken windows - pole damage is written all over them. Those people - young or old - need to be checked out - should not have let them go in the first place.
Bad idea! I am also a taxpayer and hope that arrangements can be made with the parents, or the guilty parties to pay for the damage.

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Patty-P 12/26/09 - 10:53 pm
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It doesn't surprise me that

It doesn't surprise me that criminals are more intelligent than RCPD officers and detectives. If a person was found stabbed and I just happen to be nearby with a bloody knife in my hand.....well?

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 12/27/09 - 01:25 am
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Unless Lt. Gay is there, you

Unless Lt. Gay is there, you can forget about a successful prosecution. He's just one man people, he can't be everywhere!

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