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Vandals Cause $50,000 Worth of Damage at Local School

Posted May 31, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Teacher Johnny Williams couldn't believe what vandals did to Northern Granville Middle School. In fact, he was emotionally hurt by the turn of events. Williams says the act of destruction was just plain senseless.

What was left behind was even more disheartening-- smashed computers, broken glass, and books dumped everywhere. Nearly $50,000 worth of damage was done. Almost every classroom and office was hit, but the damage was random. Fortunately, only three computers were destroyed in the school's computer lab. The others were left intact.

The vandals didn't miss a beat, leaving marks of graffiti on almost every blank wall or surface. Saturday, janitors spent the day trying to erase the vandals' mark.

Teachers and even their families joined in to put books back on shelves. Principal Dan Callahan pushed a mop up and down the schools' hallways. Despite the damage done, Callahan plans to bring something positive out of the experience.

Emphasizing the positive is nothing new to most school teachers. The educators at Northern Granville Middle School are some of the most resourceful out there. Now with so much lost, those teachers will have to come up with some way to make the most out of so little.

Julia Lewis reporting