Vandals trashed a Lynn elementary school over the weekend by dumping paint, discharging fire extinguishers, shattering glass, overturning desks and copiers, and strewing classroom materials everywhere, according to Lynn Deputy Superintendent Jaye Warry.
The Julia F. Callahan Elementary School was broken into sometime between Friday night and Monday morning, said Lt. William Sharp of the Lynn Police Department.
“The school was entered and extensively vandalized,” he said.
Warry, who has worked in the school system for 25 years, said this break-in was “up there on the extent of damage.”
Warry said that the vandalism affected most of the two-story building and that the principal’s office was "destroyed."
"The man-hours needed to clean up will be extensive," she said, adding that the damage "would take your breath away."
Warry said that incidents like this are not uncommon, but usually happen on a much smaller scale. She said that there are about five or six break-ins a year, but there is usually only a small amount of material thrown around.
"We have a lot of work to do in the school system and this type of [incident] really sets us back," she said.
Although the damage was extensive, Warry is confident that the mess will be cleaned up before school starts Sept. 8.
The incident remains under investigation.
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