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"I felt like my heart was broken": Students in shock after vandals ransack Tucson grade school

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"I felt like my heart was broken": Students in shock after vandals ransack Tucson grade school

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED Oct 25, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - When seventh grader Courtney first saw the damage, she was shocked.

"I was hurt. I felt like my heart was broken."

Broken, along with Legacy Traditional School's windows and doors.

Vandals cut through padlocks Thursday morning and ransacked one of the school's buildings. 

"I was kinda scared," Courtney said. "Because [I didn't know] if they were still here. I was just, I didn't know what to think."
She said her friends felt the same way, and even grown ups were shocked by the extent of the wreckage.
"It's just senseless, senseless," Assistant Principal Rich Engelhard told Nine On Your Side. "I don't understand why."
He believes the vandals took rocks from outside and threw them through the windows.
Then, they broke into the school through glass doors and shattered windows inside to get into classrooms. 
Reporter Liz Kotalik asked Engelhard, "You said they took candy, drinks, but not what?
Engelhard said, "They didn't take the cash box. They took a personal computer, a personal iPad from the teacher, which is really disheartening."
As if the broken windows weren't enough, the vandals drove onto the field and made track marks in the grass, causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage on this soccer field alone.
"I just couldn't believe that someone did that," Courtney said.
But, today is a new day, and this school is determined to put this mess behind them. 
"This is just a speed hump for us," Engelhard said. "We're moving on, and we just don't want this to happen again in the future."
The school told us they did not have cameras to catch the crooks, but after this incident, they are making some serious security upgrades.
The Sheriff's department is assigning a detective to the case, but if you have any information, please call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME. 
Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.