The first day of school in Muscogee County was met with vandalism at two high schools. Columbus High was hit with spray-painted graffiti and Kendrick High School had 16 broken windows, including the front door. Officials believe the incident at Kendrick happened before 10 p.m. Tuesday by someone wielding a baseball bat.
The graffiti at Columbus High School included profanity written in orange spray-paint on the entrance sign and the year 2013 scribbled on the sidewalk in blue paint.
The damaged has been fixed and now the district is reviewing surveillance video to try and identify the culprits.
"I come here today and I see all this here... I don't know what actually to say about it. All I can say is it's terrible," said concerned parent Marjorie Reed. "You see all of this here and you don't know what else... could happen."
Across the district though, the first day of school was fairly smooth. It was the grand opening of Aaron Cohn Middle School. New principal Richard Green greeted sixth to eighth graders as they filed in.
Some of them were a little scared though. "I'm not the big kid anymore, ‘cause I'm like the youngest now," said incoming sixth-grader Broc Rush.
First-year teacher Karissa Castillo is eager to teach her kids. "I am unbelievably excited and I don't know how much of that is nerves." She teaches health occupation, which introduces middle school kids to the idea of health care professions."I've got three hospital beds and three actual curtains so it looks like a workplace environment. I actually have a nurse's station."
This is also the first time high school students can buy their lunch with the swipe of a palm. New machines were installed that photograph a student's hand and links it to their account. Forty were purchased at a cost of nearly $16,000.
Lunch prices are also increasing 10 cents this year for students and 75 cents for adults. Meals will now be $2.00 for elementary students, $2.25 for middle and high school kids, and $4.50 for adults.
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