DAMAGED: Palmer Elementary trashed by vandals
The Grundy County Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for three males who vandalized Palmer Elementary early Friday morning.
"This school is the staple of our community and it just sickens me to see this kind of thing happen," said Palmer's Mayor Daniel Crabtree.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum told Channel 3 that eight doors were shattered when three males deliberately trashed the school.
"Looks like they took rocks and just busted those out," said Crabtree.
Crabtree is more than just the city's mayor, he is a concerned parent whose daughter goes to school at Palmer Elementary. Never, he says, has he seen such disrespect.
"It's a sickening situation to know that someone gets pleasure out of destroying our local school," Crabtree said.
Sheriff Clint Shrum said the vandals came back several times between one and four o'clock on Friday morning to add to the damage at Palmer Elementary.
Shrum says the people who did this did not take anything and did this out of spite.
"It's sickening, it's nonsense, it doesn't do anything but cost the taxpayers money," Shrum added.
The mayor believes the cruelty of a few won't shatter the spirit of the small town of Palmer.
"I would like to see the community come together to find out who's responsible for this," said Crabtree.
Mayor Crabtree says teachers worked all day to clean up the mess and investigators are working to make the surveillance video from Friday morning clearer.
If you know anything about who may be responsible, call the Grundy County Sheriff's Office at (931)-692-3466