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Vandalism Forces Shutdown Of Southern Middle School

Posted September 2, 2003

— An investigation is under way after an incident that forced a Person County school to be shut down Tuesday.

Southern Middle School principal Billy Mims said a custodian noticed the damage around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. He said there was broken doors and broken glass in the hallways.

Officials also found that fire extinguishers were sprayed throughout the halls and classroom and graffiti was written on the walls. Mims said the vandalism was so extensive, he had to send students home just as they arrived at school.

Mims said he was not sure whether the damage was caused by one person or a group of people.

"Obviously, if we are going to find out who did this, we are going to need help from our students because someone out there knows," he said.

Officials said the school will reopen on Wednesday.

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