Nearly 60 School Buses Vandalized Before Start Of School Week

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CROSBY, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Dozens of school buses in a Houston-area district have been vandalized and parents were asked to drop off their children for classes.

The Crosby Independent School District on Monday announced 58 of its 70 buses had tire damage and could not operate.

Superintendent Keith Moore says the valve stems were found cut on parked buses in an area secured by a chain-link fence and barb wire. Moore says a nearby maintenance building has security video but most of the buses were too far away to determine the culprits.

The incident forced parents and caretakers to find a way to get their children to school.

“It really put a lot of stress and strain on everybody,” Brenda Hohn told KPRC-TV. “I had to drive from Dayton to pick up my grandkids. I have three of them.”

Moore says the Houston ISD helped provide valve stem replacements so the buses could run their regular routes later Monday.

About half of the district’s more than 5,000 students ride the buses in Crosby, located 20 miles northeast of Houston.

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