It was all trick and no treat for LBC Middle School, which was left cleaning up for most of the day Wednesday after vandals toilet papered and egged the school.
According to Burnettown Police Chief David Smith, “a number of people” threw toilet paper in the trees at the school, sprayed shaving cream on the windows, egged the buildings and damaged the locks on all 51 exterior doors of the school.
LBC Principal Brenda DeLoach said the head custodian found the damage when he came to work at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Smith said the damage likely occurred between midnight and 5:30 a.m.
“We’re running down a few people that were possibly upset with the school, but no one’s stuck out at this point,” he said. “We were unable to obtain security footage.”
County crews spent most of Wednesday cleaning up the eggs, shaving cream and toilet paper, as well as repairing the locks. DeLoach said it hasn’t been decided if all the locks will have to be replaced.
“It’ll be an expensive little repair job,” she said, adding that the manpower just to clean the damage is costly.
“The students have helped some, bless their hearts,” she said. “They wanted to help, and I appreciated that. The messy stuff they couldn’t do, but they helped un-toilet paper us.”
The damage to the locks had officials concerned that they couldn’t get the school open in time for students’ arrival, but DeLoach said classes weren’t interrupted.
“We were able to enter the building, and school went on without a hitch,” she said. “We’ve been cleaning all day, but school went on.”
Smith said authorities are still seeking information and tips about the vandalism. Anyone with information can contact the Burnettown Police Department at 593-2100, or the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (800) 922-3211.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.