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TRINITY, N.C. — Randolph County school officials said there were delays getting kids to class at an elementary school in Trinity this morning after several buses were vandalized overnight.

Officials said the vandal or vandals shattered the back windows and taillights of four school buses at Hopewell Elementary School either late Monday or early Tuesday.

DOT officials said they think whoever was responsible used a BB gun.

Capt. Derrick Hill with the Sheriff’s Office said surveillance video did not catch enough to develop a suspect description.  He said detectives are, however, pursuing leads.

Hill said the vandalism could be related to a similar incident in which the window of a nearby home was shot out with a BB gun.

In the meantime, spare buses were used and some drivers doubled up on routes to get children to class. About 220 students were affected by the delays, officials said.

Workers with the school system have repaired the buses that were vandalized.

The cost of repairs was estimated at about $700, school officials said.

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