Vandals damage buses at School for the Deaf


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Apr 18, 2004
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Windshields shattered, windows smashed: a devastating display of vandalism Monday at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf.

"This really hinders us in terms of money being what it is. It's difficult, very difficult to deal with," said Bill Stavros, the school's assistant of buildings and grounds.

Stavros said buses were vandalized Saturday while people were at the school for a basketball tournament.

It is the second time vandals have struck the school in a short time. A week ago Sunday, some vehicles in the parking lot were damaged.

In the most recent incident, police were able to catch the alleged vandals in the act. Records show the suspects are 12 and 13 years old. Whether they're also responsible for the earlier damage is under investigation.

The school said it hopes surveillance cameras will help police.

"It may be a game to them, but for us it's a hardship. It's just not right," Stavros said.

The vehicles are vital to the school for transporting students to work programs and other educational activities.

Stavros said an initial estimate he received on the buses, because they have specialized glass, is $2,000 to $4,000 apiece.

What insurance won't cover, will cost the school.

"It all adds up. It hurts," Stavros said.

Stavros said a garage to house the vehicles was in initial plans for the new school but never materialized.