Vandals strike 2 Lugoff-Elgin schools

tflach@thestate.comOctober 21, 2013 

— Windows and signs damaged at two Kershaw County schools over the weekend were repaired in time for students to return to school on Monday.

Deputies found the vandalism early Sunday at Lugoff-Elgin High and Lugoff-Elgin Middle schools.

“It was a very time-intensive fix so we didn’t lose any classroom time,” school spokeswoman Mary Anne Byrd said. “We’re very eager to find the individuals responsible for this.”

No price tag for the repairs was available Monday afternoon. Both custodians at the school and from private firms worked to make sure the schools were ready for the students to return after a three-day break, Byrd said.

Overall, 23 exterior and interior windows and seven signs were broken in the facilities and on a bus parked near the middle school, she said. A security camera at the high school also was taken.

Deputies are seeking three individuals – one of whom carried what appears to be a baseball bat – whose images were taken by other cameras at the schools.

The break-in was discovered after a nearby resident called authorities about 6:45 a.m. Sunday to report the sound of breaking glass at the schools.

Nearly 2,300 students attend the pair of schools adjoining each other on U.S. 1 (Main Street locally) in Lugoff.

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