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Giles High School closes because of vandalism
The county sheriff said most of the damage was broken window glass and that nothing was missing.
MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times
Crime scene tape cordons off the entrance to Giles High School on Tuesday morning. The administrative office of the school was vandalized, causing school officials to cancel classes.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
PEARISBURG — The administrative office of Giles High School was vandalized Tuesday morning , causing school officials to cancel classes for the day while police investigated.
County Sheriff Morgan Millirons said the damage was mostly broken window glass. “I guess somebody was maybe looking for something, but right now we don’t have anything missing,” Millirons said.
Giles County schools Superintendent Terry Arbogast did not elaborate on the vandalism, which he said occurred at some point before 4:30 a.m.
Arbogast said a custodian found the damage Tuesday morning, and classes were canceled because police were on the scene collecting evidence and investigating.
There were no written threats, Arbogast said.
Millirons said officers were at the school throughout the day, dusting for fingerprints, inspecting the damage and discussing the incident.
The school has surveillance cameras that are on overnight, and Millirons said one individual can be seen but is not identifiable.
“It hasn’t led to anything,” he said Tuesday evening.
The school, which has about 670 students, does not have an alarm system, Arbogast said.
The Giles County Technology Center — which is located behind the high school — was open Tuesday. Arbogast said police walked through the technology center and the high school in the morning and cleared both buildings.
Teachers and staff were asked to report to the school at 10 a.m. Tuesday to be updated on the situation.
Barring severe weather, classes are expected to resume today .
“Everything is cleaned up and safe and secure again,” Millirons said.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Giles County Sheriff’s Office at 540-921-3842.
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