Vandalism investigation underway at Sissonville schools

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SISSONVILLE, WV (WOWK) – The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is investigating alleged incidents of vandalism at Sissonville High School and Sissonville Middle School.

Deputies say two newer model Toyota Tacoma pickups and a possible Chevrolet pickup were seen at the high school Wednesday night, July 29. People who got out of the trucks allegedly entered the school, leaving beer cans, cigarettes, and other debris. Deputies say they also allegedly damaged property outside the school. 

Pickups were also seen on the Sissonville Middle School’s football field Thursday night, July 30, 2020 causing damage, according to the sheriff’s office.

“I think it amounts to stealing from taxpayers in the community,” said Sissonville Middle School principal Gene Smith.

Smith says the joyride on the football field has thrown a wrench into theri community events just as football season.

The football field is now unsafe to play on and could lead to broken ankles so Smith says they’ll need to practice at nearby athletic facilities.

“Some students don’t have don’t have the means or the resources to get to and from practices later in the evenings so by us not being able to have practice immediately after school puts a lot of those kids who are the most at risk, the most vulnerable, it takes away opportunities.”

Gene Smith, Sissonville Middle School Principal

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone who recognizes the trucks, one of which has elevated light bars behind the cab, and can help identify the owners or drivers is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 304-357-0169, by email at tips@kanawhasheriff.us, on Facebook, or anonymously through the sheriff’s office website

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