Schools Vandalized

"This wasn't just a little mischief here," said David Little, Superintendent of Lauderdale County Schools, as he surveyed damage at West Lauderdale High School. "This was a mean, irresponsible act."

Upon arrival Wednesday morning, staff found the campus trashed.

"We've got damage from one end of the school to the other," said Major Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.

From dozens of broken windows, to splattered paint, overturned machines and damaged office equipment, investigators say this was likely the work of juveniles.

"Parents, where were your children last night?" asked Cahoun. "We believe this happened sometime after midnight."

Meanwhile, on the other side of the county, similar damage was found at Southeast Lauderdale High School. Although not as extensive, the damage was severe. Aside from damage in the office at Southeast, the technology room there was also damaged. A large stone was thrown through a window.

Once inside, eggs were thrown throughout much of the room, causing damage to many items. With repairs expected to cost into the thousands, investigators are making this plea to the public.

"We believe if the parents are aware of their child being involved in this, they need to come forward and shed a kinder eye from the court on their child," said Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 917-8888. You could receive a reward of up to $1,000 for your information.


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