School Committee Estimates, Repairs To Amount To $200

Three Norwood boys, ranging from 6 to 14 years of age, entered the Shattuck school building last Saturday afternoon, robbing a teacher’s desk of $2, and leaving the building in a shambles.

School authorities estimated the damage at $200. Classes opened Monday morning on schedule after the school janitors worked feverishly during the week-end to clear the damage.

The first inkling that the school had been entered came last Saturday evening, when one of the younger boys was discovered by his mother with a large amount of change. The youngster stated that he received the money from an older boy who had stolen it from a Shattuck school classroom.

Police and school authorities were notified. It was found on inspection that the boys had damaged the place badly. Ink was poured over desks and floors, books were torn and damaged. The greatest damage was caused by the sulphuric acid chemicals sprayed from a fire extinguisher over about 30 newly refinished desks. A bottle of ink was poured into one teacher’s desk, and a large amount of coal hauled from storage was strewn over the floors. None of the three boys are students of the school.

One boy was given probation, a second boy will have his case continued, and the third boy was too young to have any action, the court ruled yesterday at the trial of the three lads.

(All articles originally published in the Norwood Messenger)

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