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Classes at Head Start Miami canceled due to young children vandalizing the building

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MIAMI, OKLAHOMA - Classes at Head Start in Miami, OK were canceled today after a group of young kids, all under the age of ten, vandalized the building.

The incident is believed to have occurred sometime Saturday night.

"I wish it wouldn't have happened, of course, but it could have been a lot worse than what it really was," said Rocky Barnes, center director. "The rooms were a total mess. Everything had been tipped over. They had been making little potted plants for the parents for Mother's Day, and they had taken those and thrown them all over the rooms."

Items were even thrown inside the fish tanks, and $1,500 worth of food was lost.

"Anything that was open in the kitchen or looked like it had been tampered with, the seal broken, had to be thrown out," Barnes said.

A parent of one of the children who vandalized the center, turned the names of the five children involved into authorities.

Officials at the center say the juveniles gained access to the building through an unlocked side door near the playground.

The 32 staff members at the center worked together to get the building cleaned within just a few hours.

"Everybody just pitched in and helped each other," said Gwynn Perry, teacher's aide. "We got it done way sooner than we thought."

Another parent brought her child to the preschool during clean-up to apologize.

"She was sincere, and her mother said she was not going to get away with it easily," Barnes said. "I told her I appreciated her coming in and facing up to what she had done."

Barnes says it's a good lesson for the kids on the consequences of their actions.

And also to parents, to better supervise their children, especially those under the age of ten.

There is no word of any further disciplinary action against the juveniles at this time.

Classes at Head Start Miami will resume tomorrow.
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