Monday September 16th, 2019 12:23AM

More than two dozen Hall County school buses vandalized

By B.J. Williams News Director

Cleanup is underway after more than two dozen Hall County school buses were vandalized this past weekend.

Clay Hobbs, Transportation Director for the Hall County School System, said the damage was discovered Monday morning. Hobbs said 29 buses were parked in a lot next to the track at Johnson High School; 26 buses were damaged.

"Some people - or one person - got on each of those 26 buses, took the fire extinguisher out of the holder and expelled the fire extinguisher either outside the bus, and in about half the cases, expelled the fire extinguisher inside the bus," Hobbs said.

Hobbs said some while many of the fire extinguishers were emptied, others were stolen, so in addition to cleaning the buses, the fire extinguishers will have to be replaced or recharged. He estimated the cost of the vandalism at around $1,500. 

Over and above the cost of the damage, according to Hobbs, is the logistical impact on the district's transportation department.

"This is an extremely busy time of the year for our department," Hobbs said. "We're trying to prepare the buses for the upcoming school year, plus on any given day we have anywhere from 40 to 60 buses that are on the road for various summer school programs."

As far as finding a suspect or suspects in the case, that probably won't be easy, according to Hobbs.

"[School System Safety & Security Assistant] Andy Betancourt did find one view [from a surveillance camera] but it was so far away we aren't going to be able to do any kind of identification," Hobbs said. 

At Monday's school board work session, Superintendent Will Schofield acknowledged that there were no surveillance cameras close to the overflow parking area at Johnson High. 

Hobbs said he has not spoken to anyone yet about additional cameras for the area; he said he's focused on getting the damaged buses back in shape.

Hobbs said a report on the incident has been filed with the Hall County Sheriff's Office. 


  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News
  • Associated Tags: vandalism, school buses, Johnson High School , Hall County School District
© Copyright 2019
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Martha Zoller returns to WDUN for political talk show
Martha Zoller is bringing her unique style of political talk back to WDUN, starting later June 24.
5:00PM ( 5 hours from now )
More than two dozen Hall County school buses vandalized
Cleanup is underway after more than two dozen Hall County school buses were vandalized this past weekend.
10:45AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Hall County Animal Shelter achieves third month of 90 percent 'live release' rate
The Hall County Animal Shelter, for the third consecutive month, has achieved a level of 90 percent live releases for animals brought into the shelter.
9:19AM ( 1 hour ago )
Local/State News
Police look for suspect who damaged Buford car dealership
Gwinnett County Police need help identifying a suspect who broke into the Mini Cooper Dealership on Buford Drive last week.
1:13PM ( 4 months ago )
Clarkesville police seek help locating man who allegedly damaged equipment Saturday
Clarkesville police hope the public can help them identify and locate a man who allegedly damaged construction equipment on the west side of the Clarkesville Square Saturday afternoon.
4:03PM ( 1 year ago )
Gwinnett high school vandalized with political graffiti
Gwinnett County Schools officials are reviewing surveillance video to determine who spray painted politically charged graffiti at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee.
2:05PM ( 2 years ago )
Buford church sign denouncing gay, transgender people vandalized
A church sign at Back to the Bible Holiness Church in Buford, which at the time contained a message denouncing gay and transgender people, was vandalized sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.
11:58AM ( 2 years ago )
Gainesville police investigating church vandalism
The Gainesville Police Department is investigating racial slurs that were painted over night on First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
12:36PM ( 3 years ago )