School bus service was delayed by two hours for three Indiana schools last Thursday morning because thieves stole batteries from the buses overnight.
Nearly 400 seats were cut on 17 school buses, causing about $50,000 of damage. Seats on only one of the buses could be temporarily repaired for the morning route, and the other 16 buses were replaced by spares.
A school bus driver in New York found his employer’s bus, which he uses to transport two special-needs students to and from school, with nearly every window broken or shattered after he had parked it in front of a church overnight.
Suspects deflated tires and removed valve stems from approximately 83 school buses in Arizona. The damage prevented the school district from providing morning bus service.
Four high schoolers in Ohio allegedly removed the tire valve stems on a school district’s entire bus fleet. Written on the asphalt: “You have been pranked by seniors 2015.”
The DeKalb County (Ga.) School District buses have an estimated tens of thousands of dollars of damage, and cannot be driven until they are repaired. The district plans to reallocate $125,000 to enhance security at the lot where the buses were damaged.
The wheelchair-accessible bus, which was burned around 5 a.m. on Nov. 8, belongs to Horseshoe Bend School District. The bus is a total loss and the case is being treated as arson.
Employees of Peninsula School District in Washington arrived on Monday morning to find the vandalized buses. They scrambled to clean the buses and were able to get them in service fast enough to stay on schedule.
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Thirty-five buses in New Hanover County (N.C.) Schools’ Laney Bus Garage were vandalized over the weekend, delaying many bus pickups on Monday. The estimated cost of damage is between $14,000 and $18,000, including labor costs.
At a Tennessee school, one bus had a broken window, and fire extinguishers had been removed from four buses and discharged inside one of them. A school resource officer develops information that leads to the arrest of three middle school students and one high school student.
Drivers arrive at work on Monday and discover that the batteries have been stolen. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says that the thief or thieves probably wanted to sell the batteries for scrap, so investigators check scrap yards in the area.
Authorities in Gonzales, Texas, arrest 17-year-old Layne Navarro and detain two other minors in connection with the incident, which occurred earlier this month. The 14 Gonzales Independent School District buses were broken into, and the onboard fire extinguishers were discharged.