Buses vandalized at St. Joseph High School

Apr 2 2012 - 12:20pm

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Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)
Vandals damaged three school buses at St. Joseph High School over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Alex Salvo)

OGDEN -- About 60 students who attend St. Joseph Catholic High School had to find their own transportation to classes Monday after three of the school's buses were vandalized.

The vandalism was discovered shortly before 6 a.m. Monday when bus drivers arrived at the school, said Alex Salvo, who is St. Joseph's dean of students and athletic director.

"It's kind of malicious," Salvo said. "Why would someone in their right mind do something like this?"

The drivers had to phone students on their routes early Monday to inform them that they would have to find a way to get to school, he said.

Damage to the buses, that each seat 62 passengers, included broken windshields and other windows. A bus for St. Joseph's athletic teams that can hold 44 passengers was left untouched.

The buses were parked in the school parking lot at 1790 Lake St. in Ogden.

The vandalism apparently occurred late Sunday night or early Monday morning, Salvo said.

A bus driver who was at St. Joseph around 4 p.m. Sunday didn't notice any damage to the vehicles, he said.

It's possible that the windows were shot out with a BB gun or broken with a golf club, said Salvo. A discarded golf bag was found near one of the buses, he added.

The three buses sustained about $2,000 in damages and are undergoing repairs, said Salvo. Normal bus routes for students are slated to resume Tuesday.

Salvo said Ogden police are investigating the vandalism, adding he is unaware of any suspects being identified. Information about the investigation was not available from police.

The incident marks the second time that buses at St. Joesph have been vandalized. Windows were also broken out of a bus in the summer of 2010, said Salvo.

Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact St. Joesph at 801-394-1515 or the Ogden Police Department at 801-629-8221.

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