Vandals strike St. Joseph Catholic High School buses

Apr 2 2012 - 10:17pm

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

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

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

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

The drivers phoned students on their routes to inform them that they would have to find another way to get to school, he said.

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

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

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

A bus driver who was at St. Joseph's 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, as a discarded golf bag was found near one of the buses, Salvo said.

Total damage to the three buses is about $2,000, he said.

Regular bus service for students should resume today.

Ogden Police Lt. Troy Burnett said Monday night that police are investigating but do not have any suspects.

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

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call St. Joseph at 801-394-1515 or the Ogden Police Department at 801-629-8221.

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