Greene County School Vandalized, Chemicals Spilled

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 6, 2006

Students at one local high school had to shuffle more than just their books Monday morning because of a potential hazardous situation that prompted officials from various locations to respond.

The situation was the findings of vandalism in some mobile classrooms at William Monroe High School, including a biology classroom with chemicals. In that particular classroom, the chemicals were scattered about, and left the Greene County students shuffling their classes so officials could investigate.

The investigating officials were from Greene and Albemarle counties as well as the city of Charlottesville for mutual aid.

What they found was that at least five trailers were vandalized, and several types of chemicals spilled.

While no kids, teachers, or anyone else were hurt, or even put in harm's way, the Superintendent of Greene County Schools, says their actions which may seem extreme to some, were worth it.

"We were just making sure, being proactive, and being preventive of any type of safety hazard. We were erring on the side of caution to make sure there was not a problem," said Superintendent Ray Dingledine of Greene County Public Schools.

The superintendent was asked if the situation serious enough to notify parents with a phone call, email, or note. The answer was no because the students were not in harm's way after classes were re-located.

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