The Skaneateles schools delayed the start of classes Wednesday due to vandalism to multiple buses, according to the district’s Facebook page.
District officials say it could have been connected to a prank, but roughly ten buses were vandalized, according to the Auburn Citizen.
Superintendent Ken Slentz says that either one or both front tires on the buses involved were flattened when crews arrived this morning.
He says that at least 350 students are transported via those buses, which posed a safety and security threat this morning.
As of 9:30 am, according to the Citizen, the buses had been out for an hour picking up students for a shortened day at school.
The message posted to Facebook said the following:
Thanks very much for your patience with us this morning as we dealt with the issue of our school buses. After further investigation, the tires on 10 of our buses were deflated by either having the valve stems removed or pebbles placed underneath the valve caps which were then reattached causing a slow leak of the tires.
While on its face this would appear as a harmless prank, in today’s environment we take extra precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Accordingly, we reviewed all of our school buses as well as our school buildings and grounds to determine if any other issues were present. Again, we had no reason to believe that there were issues beyond the bus garage, but felt it necessary to take the additional precautions.
With school buses now in route for high school students, the day will continue with the celebration of our seniors and their final day of high school.
Should you have any questions, concerns, or information regarding the morning incident, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.