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Two Hickman Mills schools vandalized

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Cleanup is underway at two Hickman Mills schools after vandals broke in and made quite a mess.

There were two schools vandalized within two days and the school district said at least six juveniles have been arrested for the vandalism.

The boarded up windows and shattered glass outside Truman Elementary near Bannister and James A Reed roads are still visible.

"We're doing the best that we can here at Hickman Mills. We're obviously very concerned about the break-ins," said Ebony Walker, a spokeswoman for the Hickman Mills School District.

Walker said vandals got into Truman through a broken window and a skylight. Marvin Williams lives nearby and said this is a fairly common occurrence in the summer

"Either that or they get up on top of the school and tear something up there, like air conditioning and everything," Williams said.

Just a few blocks west, Dobbs Elementary near Eastern Avenue and Bannister Road was also targeted, although it didn't have nearly as much damage.

"The classrooms were locked so they were only in that school for ten minutes maybe because they couldn't get into any of the classrooms," Walker said.

The districts said an officer from the south patrol caught some of the kids in one of the school and that's how they were able to make arrests. Damage assessments are still being conducted, but the districts said school will be open in time for the first day of school.

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