(10/16/13) - Classes were canceled Wednesday at Bridgeport High School after
vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage.
Several windows at the school were broken out after 11:30 Tuesday night.
Custodians found the broken windows at about 6 a.m. and notified the superintendent immediately.
When she saw the extent of the damage, she called for a two hour delay to the start of classes. A closer inspection showed the problem was bigger than first thought and classes for some 600 students were cancelled for the day.
"We have glass that shattered into the rooms where the windows are broken and therefore it was not safe for our students to be in class today," said Gloria Rubis, Bridgeport-Spaulding supt.
When parents arrived to drop off their children, they were unhappy with what they saw.
"We saw everybody out and the police and we noticed the windows when we pulled up," said Carl Lane, of Bridgeport Township.
From what police and school officials can gather, no one entered the school but may at one time have been on the roof. A number of rooms were affected.
"Main office, cafeteria, auditorium hallway, a classroom, library, both from the ground and the roof," Rubis said.
This was to have been the first day of MEAP testing for freshmen, so the school district has had to contract the Michigan Department of Education.
This is the worst case of vandalism at Bridgeport-Spaulding in several years.
"We are checking our cameras and we are going to solve the problem," Rubis said.
"If it's a student, I think they should punish him and make him pay for it or make the parents pay for it," Lane said.
Bridgeport Township Police are handling the investigation. Repair crews are boarding up the windows and classes will resume Thursday.
At last check, there had been no arrests.
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