HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Frontier Central School District was closed Monday morning after multiple buses in the district's fleet were vandalized.
Frontier Interim Superintendent Paul Hashem tells News 4 a suspect climbed over the fence of the bus school yard and set off fire extinguishers on between 75 and 90 percent of the buses. Other buses, along with some plywood, were sprayed with graffiti. And porta-potties were tipped over.
In addition, the superintendent says bus slips were taken from some buses, and without the slips drivers are not legally allowed to drive the buses.
Hashem said, "The buses aren't locked for security reasons but the yard should have been hard to get into. We have security but for some reason it didn't work last night."
Later Monday, Hamburg Police arrested 18-year-old Andrew Lathrop and charged him with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal tampering. Authorities say he was identified in surveillance video and charged after being questioned by detectives.
Hashem says there was a substantial amount of damage to the buses, but he expects they will be up and running by Tuesday.
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