Vandals rock district's school buses

Vandals rock district's school buses
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Less than a month after someone shot out multiple bus windows, a Jonesboro school district reported more acts of vandalism.

An employee of Nettleton Public Schools reported Monday that sometime over the weekend someone broke out the back windows of eight buses.

Officer Zach Kaja reported finding "multiple large rocks" inside the buses. It appeared the suspects threw the rocks from a nearby ditch bank.

"We had seven buses that sustained glass breakage and one with lens breakage," Facilities Maintenance and Transportation Director Ron Cooper said. "Someone had thrown rocks over the fence and into the buses."

While investigating, Kaja also reported seeing a brake light that had been shot out with an air rifle.

The school employee stated each window cost $140 to replace, totaling $1,120. He placed the value of the brake light at $60.

Cooper said repairs for this repeated damage is coming from the pockets of the school's students and their parents.

"Any of the damage done to the buses," Cooper said. "This is the patron's money that we're spending to do the repairs. Ultimately, they're paying for this."

Kaja placed the area on the extra patrol list.

Cooper said he will be meeting with Superintendent Jim Dunivan to discuss future options.

"We have been visiting," Cooper said. "What we're looking at is extending the chain length fence all the way over to the drainage ditch. We'll look at options for maybe extending the fence, raising the fence and of course security cameras."

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