RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities are investigating after a Richmond preschool was vandalized overnight.
Photos from an 8News viewer show several damaged windows inside the cafeteria at Martin Luther King, Jr. Preschool Center, located on Mosby Street.
A Richmond Police spokesperson said detectives were called to the school at about 9 a.m. Monday for the report of property destruction. When detectives arrived, they found several broken windows.
Detectives determined rocks were used to smash the windows.
The school remained open Monday, according to Richmond Police who cited school officials.
Richmond Public Schools’ spokesperson Michelle Hudacsko told 8News they were notified early Monday morning of the vandalism at the preschool, and immediately sent facility and security teams to the school.
Hudacsko said the students were then moved next door to Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School for a “brief period of time” as a safety precaution, while they assessed the damage.
Once the school was cleaned and deemed safe, students returned to their classrooms. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms due to the window damage in the cafeteria, according to Hudacsko.
RPS has increased security and will have a police presence to ensure the safety of the students while repairs are underway. Hudacsko says they don’t believe students are in any danger, but are still taking precautionary measures.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
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