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Neosho authorities continue search for leads into high school vandalism

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The Neosho High School is once-again full of bustling teens.

But just days prior to the start of classes, it was the site of vandalism.

"Quite a bit of property destruction occurred in all these locations," said Neosho Police Chief Dave McCracken.

The locations include the agricultural building, a classroom trailer, and the concessions stand.

Authorities found broken windows and skylights, damaged computers and hallway destruction. They also discovered damage from discharged fire extinguishers.

"They've got a lot on their plate up there," said McCracken. "Traffic problems and this kind of thing. And we, the police department and the school, have been working together on that. Then they have this come along."

Authorities first responded to the crimes Monday morning, but say the incidents likely occurred overnight Sunday.

Superintendent Dan Decker says the school took action immediately to fix as much damage as possible before school was back in session.

"Our maintenance and custodial crews got right on the ball and got it all cleaned up and had appointments set up for people to come replace windows and everything," said Decker.

While the first week of school has been business as usual, some students say they are surprised at what happened.

"I kind of took it in shock, I couldn't believe what happened," said sophomore Gaven Mock.

"Vandalism is a very scary thing," said sophomore Jalen Timberlake.

Superintendent Decker says they did not discover much theft from the school.

And there are a few remaining items to fix.

Officials say it is unfortunate the incidents occurred, but it did not stop school from having a strong start. 

"I think they did a great job getting the building back in condition to use and be ready for our students," said Chief McCracken.

Neosho Police are asking anyone with information on the vandalism to contact their department immediately at (417) 451-8012.

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