Vandalia community frustrated at playground arson


VANDALIA, Ohio (WRGT) -- A message from the community to vandals. The fire department found a slide on fire early Monday morning and now they're now demanding answers.

"If they did it once, they'll do it again," Demmitt Elementary School Principal Garry Martin said.

Martin is frustrated.

"We work hard. We work hard down here to make sure the kids get educated and have playground equipment," Martin said. "Now it's going to cost the district a few thousand dollars to try to replace it."

Vandalia firefighters say it was intentionally set on fire.

"You're destroying a part of the school, something for kids," he said.

Brittany Terry's daughter is a kindergartner at Demmitt.

"I can't believe somebody would do something like that," said Terry.

Her son went to school at Demmitt last year.

"It's sad that they're taking away from our kids. Bunch of vandals, it's disheartening," she said.

There are surveillance cameras in the back of the school, but they didn't catch the vandals in action.

"You should think before you do something like that, you're vandalizing kids' property, not just the school's property," said Terry.

"We're gonna catch you. We're gonna catch you. Eventually, we're gonna catch you," said Principal Martin.

At this point, the district hasn't said how the playground will get fixed. As soon as we find out we'll let you know.

The fire chief is hoping someone will come forward with information on who started the fire.

If you know anything, you’re asked to call the Vandalia Police Department at 937-898-5868.

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