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Elementary school vandalized; thousands in damage

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Vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage at a Savannah eementary school, smashing computers, pouring paint across keyboards, spraying a fire extinguisher all over the library and breaking a digital chalkboard.

It happened over the weekend at White Bluff Elementary but wasn't discovered until Monday.

Principal Chris Jacobs says those break-ins have been in portable classrooms, and it's usually nothing worse than candy missing from teachers' desks. But this time damage is estimated at more than $10,000.

"Our first custodian worker on duty gave me a call about 7 a.m. Monday morning," Jacobs said.

Four wings of the school, all of them separate buildings, were broken into. But police say burglar alarms never sounded.

"There was no indication that the alarm was experiencing problems up until this event, and we have since discovered that there's a programming problem," Savannah-Chatham County Schools Police Chief Ulysses Bryant said.

But that's not the only issue. WTOC asked the chief how many school resource officers are on duty over the weekend. His answer: One

That's because most of the department's 37 sworn officers are assigned to middle and high schools during class hours. From 4 p.m. to midnight, there's usually two officers on duty. From midnight to 8 a.m., one.

Bryant says he needs more resources, and he's not the only one.

"We cannot use the excuse of not having enough money to fall back on why we cannot protect our children," White Bluff PTA President Angela Harper said.

Police don't have any suspects in the case yet. Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglars. Call 912-234-2020.

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