Sometime during the night, vandals broke into the school and
did significant damage in the classrooms, according to Todd Hamm,
According to a parent from the school,
classrooms were trashed and several windows were broken out. Hamm
did not go into specific details but said that he estimated the
damage to the building would reach into the "thousands of dollars."
The students at MPHS were scheduled to attend only a half-day of
classes on Wednesday, with early dismissal planned for 11:30. Hamm
said that for the good of the students and the community, school
stayed in session during the morning.
Hamm also said the Mount Pulaski police called in the Illinois
State Police Crime Scene Investigation unit, who spent a good part
of the day gathering evidence from the crime scene.
At approximately 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, Hamm said he expected
the state police to wrap up their investigation and for the school
to be restored to order in time for regular classes on Thursday.
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Hamm said work was being done to repair the broken windows in the
building, and then they would get the classrooms cleaned up. He
noted that he was pleased to see everyone pitching in and helping to
get the school back on track as soon as possible.
As of Wednesday afternoon, no information had been released as to
how many people were believed to have been involved in the incident
or whether there is a list of suspects.