Girls face felony charges for vandalizing elementary school

9:17 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
Ridge View Elementary School, courtesy Roane Co. Schools
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(WBIR- Rockwood, Tn) Three girls are now facing charges in connection with the vandalism of an elementary school.

Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett says the girls ages 11, 12 and 14 broke into Ridge View Elementary early Friday morning. Police say they broke two iPads, poured a soft drink into a copy machine, threw paint over more than a dozen computers and monitors, and wrote on $3,000 smartboards with sharpies. Damage could exceed $10,000.

Chief Stinnett says the girls are charged with felony vandalism and burglary.

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Someone broke into a Roane County school early Friday morning and caused a lot of damage.

According to Gary Aytes, Roane County Director of Schools, the alarm was triggered around 1:00 am at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.

The vandals emptied drawers, poured soda into a copy machine, threw paint on the floor and computers, and destroyed several iPads and other equipment.

They do not have a dollar estimate for the amount of damage done.

There is surveillance video, which they hope will provide some clues as to who broke in.  Aytes says he believes Rockwood Police have some suspects.

Staff members cleaned up the damage Friday morning, along with members of the Rockwood High School boys and girls basketball teams, who volunteered to help on their second day of summer break.


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