Police and school officials are trying to find out who deflated the tires on nearly two dozen school buses, forcing about 3,000 Attleboro students to find alternate ways to get to school this morning.
The tires on 23 buses were deflated sometime Thursday night, leaving students in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade without transportation, Superintendent Pia Durkin said.
"This was an egregious issue that really disrupted the lives of thousands of families and children, and it will not be taken lightly," Durkin said.
Durkin said she was notified of the situation at 5:45 a.m. Friday, after a bus manager discovered the vandalism. Special education buses were not affected, Durkin said.
Classes were held Friday, and officials notified families of the situation through an automated telephone message, Durkin said.
The incident is under investigation by police and school officials, Durkin said. No suspects have been identified yet, but a surveillance tape is being reviewed, she said.
"It was a huge inconvenience for the Attleboro community," Durkin said. "Fortunately, families rose to the occasion, and our attendance rate was not much off."
Durkin put Friday's attendance at about 90 percent.
"The buses were repaired in time for us to do pickup for half-day kindergarten, as well as for dismissal," Durkin said.
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