- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - School buses are running again in an East Tennessee district after vandalism suspended service on Monday.

Elizabethton City Schools Superintendent Ed Alexander said the nearby school districts of Johnson City, Washington County, Carter County and Unicoi County donated use of their buses to help get students to school on Tuesday.

Alexander told the Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/1bmZ4JA) that he decided on Monday not to send out school buses for students after it was discovered that sugar had been poured into the tanks of nine vehicles and the tires slashed on two. The district has 13 front-line buses to transport children.

“This is just malicious,” Alexander said. “This was not just intended to cause property damage, this was an attempt to disrupt the schools.”

Alexander said he wasn’t sure yet how much damage the vandalism had caused. He said the school system’s security camera caught it, though there was heavy rain at the time.

“When we find out who is responsible, we will prosecute them to the full extent of the law,” Alexander said.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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