Investigation underway after 8 Guilford County school buses vandalized

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Deputies with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office are investigating after eight buses were vandalized over the weekend.

Bus drivers at Southern Guilford High School discovered the vandalism Monday morning when one of the buses wouldn't start, according to Sgt. David Poston with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

A mechanic was called in to take a look at the bus and found a wire in the engine had been hit by a bullet. Seven other buses have cosmetic damage.

Replacement buses are taking students to school today.

The Guilford County Sheriff's Department is checking school security cameras and talking with neighbors to get more information.

Investigators ask that parents speak with their kids and watch social media for anyone who may post photos to brag.

GCS Director of Transportation Jeff Harris said the damage could total $5,000 or more.

"Any time we spend money to repair a school bus, it comes from taxpayer dollars,” Harris said. “So vandals may think it's funny at the time but in fact you're spending money unnecessarily people work hard for."

The district's mechanics were working on the buses Monday morning. They will have to replace at least seven windshields at $500 each, some of which were on brand new buses. Several side windows were also shattered. One bullet went through the hood of a bus and tore through electrical wiring; that bus would not crank Monday morning.

"This situation is taking a lot of time away from our mechanic staff, students were late to school which impacts their education,” Harris said. “So really it's just an unnecessary waste all around."

Jeff Tew lives across the street and did not hear any close-range gunshots this weekend.

"If they're just vandalizing just for fun, that it's not fun,” he said. “It can affect people's lives and it can be dangerous for them and others."

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