Hays County elementary school vandalized, officials say


A Hays County elementary school was vandalized Friday morning, sheriff’s officials said.

A man forced his way into Carpenter Hill Elementary School, near Buda, and caused extensive damage inside the school, Hays County sheriff’s officials said. Deputies believe the man was driving a dark-colored car.

The man pictured above is a person of interest in the case, the Hays County sheriff’s office said. 

A reward up to $1,000 is available to anyone with a tip that leads to the arrest of the person responsible. Leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-8477 or through P3tips.com

All the damage appears to be confined to common areas of the school on the first floor, and the perpetrator didn’t enter any classrooms or steal anything, said Hays school district officials. The majority of the damage should be covered by insurance.

“It is frustrating and disappointing to have this happen,” Superintendent Eric Wright said. “Our teachers and campus employees are busy getting the school ready for classes to start at the end of the month. It is a time of excitement for a new school year. Having someone break in to the school and vandalize it just simply makes me angry.” 

The district is working with a restoration and cleaning company to have the campus ready for teachers and students to return. Teachers return Aug. 20, and students return to class Aug. 27.

“Since news has spread in the community about the vandalism, the campus and district have received offers of assistance from parents and citizens,” Wright said. “I want to thank them for their generosity. We will keep them posted moving forward. At this time it looks like we’ll be OK.” 


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