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Louisiana junior high school destroyed by vandals

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Vidalia Junior High School
(Source: Sarah Powers Aldridge/Facebook)

A Louisiana junior high school was vandalized by several minors, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

Photos circulating on social media show Vidalia Junior High School was ransacked, leaving piles of destruction and vulgar graffiti in the wake.

It felt like a tornado and a hurricane hit at the same time,” said Sarah Powers Aldridge on social media. “I was fortunate that my room was one of the last ones hit but others were not as lucky. The damage was so extensive I can’t even begin to list it.

No object seemed safe. Televisions, laptops and various other equipment were destroyed. The windows and doors of the school were also shattered and broken by the suspects. According to Vidalia Police Chief Joey Merrill, every room of the building was hit.

Every single room was damaged. I am heartbroken,” stated Belinda Juneau Freeman on social media. “I hope that our community can come together and make sure that our kids have what they deserve when school starts.

The damages are estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to a report by The Natchez Democrat, in an emergency meeting on Monday, school board members stated the dollar amount increases as more damages are assessed.

Security footage shows three juveniles were responsible. Each has been identified and charged with burglary and vandalism.

Summer school activities that were scheduled this week have been canceled.

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