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Vandalism, Fire at Wake Forest School

Posted May 6, 2007 8:25 a.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2007 3:20 p.m. EDT

— Fire broke out at Jones Dairy Elementary School in Wake Forest early Sunday, and a break-in had occurred earlier, authorities said.

Donny Lawrence, assistant chief of the Rolesville Fire Department, said firefighters who went to the school shortly after 4 a.m. found the fire burning in a resource room outside a classroom on the school's main hallway. They confined damage to that room, he said.

Wake County deputies were investigating a break-in and the vandalizing of several classrooms, including broken windows.

Principal Craig Matthews was at the school Sunday morning, along with maintenance staff who were cleaning up. One classroom would not be usable Monday, he said, but the school would open as usual. Vandals damaged a science lab, a kindergarten classroom and a pre-K classroom, he said.

Matthews also said counselors would be available Monday for anyone who was upset by the attack and wanted to talk about it.

They said vandals also struck the Kids Educational Center III, a day-care center at 1020 Jones Dairy Road. They broke windows in a bus parked there, police said. The elementary school is at 1100 Jones Dairy Road.

Apparatus from the Wake Forest and Rolesville fire departments responded to the school.