East Hardin Middle School vandalized again; Suspects caught on tape


by Gene Kang


Posted on October 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 8:20 AM

(WHAS11) -- East Hardin Middle School is on Fall break this week - The perfect time for vandals to break-in. Except for the fact, they installed new security cameras that caught every moment on tape.

It's a mess inside the school, shattered glass everywhere.

"I walked in the first thing I saw was glass on the floor. So I know someone had busted out the window," said custodian Donnie Morgan.

School supplies including crayons, markers, paper clips, pottery and more were thrown on the floor.
A chair was covered with chalk. A vending machine was destroyed.

"Makes me mad 'cause they come in and tear it up and now I got to clean it up," said Morgan.

12 classrooms were targeted in two buildings. The rooms were used for the 6th through 8th grade. They were vandalized Sunday morning around 10:00.
Morgan opened the doors to find windows broken with hammers and doors kicked-in. Thousands of dollars in damage.
Morgan said, "This is a new door that was put in last year."  Morgan estimated the door cost about $1,000 alone.

Kentucky State Police say 18-year-old Christopher Blaine of Glendale and two juveniles could've made a clean getaway, if it wasn't for new surveillance cameras.
The full video can't be released, it's part of an ongoing investigation.  Blaine now facing charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

Norman Chaffins, Kentucky State Police Trooper, said, "they recognized one of the students and that's what led us to him. It was very important, without that video we may have never have solved it."

Morgan wants to know the motive. The suspects caused chaos but never took expensive items like TV's and computers.

The custodian is left with another huge mess after the exact same crime happened last Fall.

"It happened probably three times last year. Hopefully we caught a few and it'll be the end of it," said Morgan.

Troopers believe one of the three suspects was a former student at the school. The juveniles may face similar charges. State Police have not yet connected this crime to the others from last year.