Wolcott public schools are closed on Tuesday after vandals deflated tires on 28 school buses.
Police believe this was a senior prank. On Tuesday, officials wiped the buses at Worhunsky Transportation, on Wolcott Road, for fingerprints and hope to identify the vandals.
This is the second day in a row that tires were tampered with on Connecticut public school buses and school was affected. Officials from the Wolcott school district think this is a copycat crime.
“This was just a bad move on the kids’ part, just thinking they'd have a fun day off from school,” Wolcott Mayor Tom Dunn, said. “Hopefully they'll be caught and they can learn a valuable lesson.”
Fixing the buses will require taking all the rims off and putting the tires on. It's not too costly, officials said, but it is disruptive.
The school year for Wolcott will end on schedule on June 22.
The superintendent was forced to decide whether graduation would be delayed and students would have to make up the classes, but graduation for Tyrrell Middle School and Wolcott High School will remain on Wednesday, June 22 at WHS. Tyrrell MS will graduate at 4 p.m. and Wolcott High School will graduate at 7 p.m., Supt. Joseph Macary said.
When the school calendar was released at the beginning of the year, the last day was June 10.
However, schools across the state closed over and over again this winter because of record snowfalls and many had to add more days onto the end of the year.
School was delayed for two hours in New Milford on Monday after vandals slashed at least 93 bus tires and caused between $25,000 and $28,000. New Milford brought in buses from six communities to transport students to school.
Police told the New Times that the vandals who struck in New Milford could be sentenced to a year in prison on a "significant charge of criminal mischief."