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Two elementary school kids cause $15,000 of damage after vandalism at Spring Hill Elementary School

Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 20:32:23-04

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Investigators say two students trashed several classrooms at JD Floyd Elementary School in Spring Hill.

“The things that they did, it was hurtful,” said Principal Joyce Lewis.

The Hernando Sheriff’s office says a 3rd and 4th grader are behind it.

“My first thought is what are an 8 and 9-year-old doing out by themselves without the parents?” said Teresa Smith, who has a 2nd grader at the school.

Lewis says she’s seen vandalism before but nothing like this.

“They put an Italian dressing bottle in the microwave with a metal cup and set it off. They are lucky they didn’t blow their faces off,” she said.

Two kindergarten classrooms got the worst of it with bookshelves knocked over, paint thrown around, and profanity written on whiteboards.

Video surveillance and unique hand writing on the whiteboard helped authorities figure out who was responsible.

The principal told the two boys what really hurt was ruining all the homemade things made by the teachers.

“They make so many cutesy things that they get their ideas and things and just to have them destroyed like that, it was sad,” said Lewis.

In all, investigators say the damage is estimated at $15,000.

The boys broke into four classrooms that were unlocked or not completely secured.

After shedding some tears over the mess, the teachers quickly got back to work, fixing their classrooms the best they could.

The school board will decide whether or not to press criminal charges against the boys and if they will be expelled.

They are currently on suspension.

“I said these little babies, they just started school and now they are coming in because you were bored on a Saturday and you destroyed their classroom,” said Lewis.