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Vandalism delays buses to 12 Wake County schools

Posted May 11, 2009

— Buses to 12 Wake County schools were delayed for up to two hours Monday morning after someone let the air out of the tires of 33 buses parked at Wakefield High School.

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Thirteen of 16 bus routes to Fox Road Elementary were slowed down. Many parents and neighbors ended up bringing their children to school instead. Buses from other parts of the county were also brought into help.

Other affected schools also included Wakefield Middle School.

Schools, including Wakefield High, kept on a normal schedule, and teachers accommodated students who were late, Wakefield High Principal Mark Savage said.

Voicemail messages were sent out to parents around 8 a.m. informing them of the situation.

Parent Amanda Jones-Howard said she was already at work when her daughters called saying they were still at the bus stop.

“With the weather the way it was, they (school leaders) should have done something to notify parents a lot sooner,” Jones-Howard said.

“Some schools had four or five routes within their school affected, and some only had one. So it would be very difficult for us to isolate exactly which sets of households and parents were supposed to be riding that bus today,” school district spokesman Michael Evans said.

Evans said the school handled the problem the best way possible.

“It was also probably a safety issue on some level as well. So while some people may think this is funny, we certainly don't,” Evans said.

Parents said on top of the fiasco, End-of-Grade testing is also going on this week. So students really did not need the disruption.

Raleigh police were reviewing surveillance video from Wakefield to try to find out who vandalized the buses.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation should call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help to clear cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Skywatch_NC May 11, 2009

    Hopefully the culprits will be caught soon.

  • Adelinthe May 11, 2009

    Kids! Tsk Tsk

    Times haven't changed much in the last 50 years, have they.

    This use to happen when I was in school too.

    God bless.


  • skinnyjenny99 May 11, 2009

    Actually, this did cost taxpayers money, because some of the tires that were deflated were damaged. The air valves were broken off and the tires had to be replaced. It is this permissive attitude (it's a prank, not a big deal) in society as a whole, that makes public schools ineffective in some cases. Try calling home to a parent whose attitude is "it's no big deal" and see how much improvement you get in certain situations. Sure, there are lots and lots and lots of things wrong with Wake County Public schools, but they've taken a lot a flak on this board because of this incident, when in reality, it was most likely some students (and ultimately their parents who didn't know where they were or what they were doing) fault. When did vandalism become a prank??

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 11, 2009

    time4real, we don't disagree on everything. But we obviously have some disagreements. I won't be able to sway your opinion and you won't be able to sway my opinion. Good reading though.

  • Holy Carp. May 11, 2009

    "Also, no one has mentioned the extra pay that has to be made to all the drivers that have to work the extra 2hrs. I am sure they will have to be paid to wait for the air to be put in the tires."

    Nope- They'll have to add 2 hrs to their furlough time.

  • TeresaBee May 11, 2009

    I wonder if there were any surveillance cameras that captured this "prank". Also, no one has mentioned the extra pay that has to be made to all the drivers that have to work the extra 2hrs. I am sure they will have to be paid to wait for the air to be put in the tires.

  • time4real May 11, 2009

    ok, now I don't agree.
    "YR doesn't solve ALL the problems. But it definitely is the only alternative that can make a difference."
    What???????????????????????? What are you on???????????
    I think this current school board is the biggest failure of a bunch Wake County has let sit in those seats yet! Something tells me that is all about to change though! Not a moment too soon!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 11, 2009

    Call me crazy, but I happen to believe the school board has done a fantastic job with the huge problems they have to undertake. I understand mandatory YR and why it is neccessary. Its not an easy decision for the school board to make. But I believe they had no realistic alternative. YR doesn't solve ALL the problems. But it definitely is the only alternative that can make a difference.

    Sorry about getting off track on the school board. Back to the culprits. Yes, the culprits should be punished in some manner. And if the culprits live at home with their parents, their parents, or elders, should be hit with a stiff fine for not taking care of their rowdy siblings.

  • time4real May 11, 2009

    Couldn't agree with you more about parents being responsible for their hoodlum kids! I have better things to do than going around letting air out of tires, but as for this school board, one doesn't need some kind of "agenda" they take care of that all on their own!

  • TheAdmiral May 11, 2009

    Whomever did this cost us 12 million dollars. The school system did not have air budgeted for tires.

    There goes the property taxes.